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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Book DescriptionWITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HOWARD JACOBSON Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099470465
(198mm x 129mm x 34mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Book Review: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Reviewed by shadowkat_au (22 Sep 2011)
A tale of a young US bombardier based with his squadron in Italy in WWII, Catch-22 is considered a modern classic and is on many people’s must-read list (perhaps because the term is in our everyday lexicon).
The main character Yossarian is tired of flying missions and has been plotting various schemes to get himself sent home.
The author Joseph Heller was an advertising copywriter and his no-nonsense style has produced a sharp, witty tale.
I really enjoyed the writing of this book. You can tell it was written by a former copywriter - nothing flowery about it. Descriptions were to the point, dialogue was realistic and concise and it was an easy-to-imagine setting.
However there was no plot. The story was flimsy. The dialogue was too realistic (it was like listening in on a conversation, word for word). The main character Yossarian dances around the main premise, Catch-22, for the entire book but it seems like the reference is only...
Author Biography - Joseph Heller
Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1923. In 1961, he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as Something Happened, God Knows, Picture This, Closing Time (the sequel to Catch-22), and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in December 1999.
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