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50 years after it was first written Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is still the definitve word on the madness of war. Hilarious, unforgettable and tragic.
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Book Review: Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition by Joseph Heller - Reviewed by noverall (14 Nov 2011)
This cult classic, first released in 1961, has been re-released to engage a new generation.
Captain Yossarian is stationed in the Mediterranean during WWII as part of a US bomber crew and becomes convinced - often hilariously so - that the military is trying to 'send him to an untimely death'. This irony is just one of many in this frenetic, funny and insightful novel.
So far removed from the traditional take on war, patriotism, loyalty and duty, 'Catch-22' instead looks at such conflict as a 'form of institutional insanity' and explores the psychological, emotional and sociological toll on its participants.
It is by turns bizarre, comic and powerful and deserves its place in those books that are worthy of a re-issue.
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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