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Editor’s Note

“A Satirical Masterpiece...”

This satirical masterpiece brilliantly captures the bureaucratic absurdities of war. With a title that’s become synonymous with an intractable problem, Yossarian & co.‘s tragicomic plight resonates to this day.
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Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American lit-erature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22’s intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; personal essays on the genesis of the novel by the author; a wealth of critical responses and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller’s personal archive; and a selection of advertisements from the original publishing campaign that helped turn Catch-22 into a cultural phenomenon. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.

Topics: 1940s, War, World War II, United States of America, Military, Mental Illness, Black Humor, Satirical, Pilots, Ironic, Debut, Survival, Italy, Dark, Friendship, Death, Funny, Witty, Nazis, Soldiers, Mediterranean, Paranoia, 20th Century, Postmodern, Ethics, Parody, Made into a Movie, Antihero, Picaresque, Cynical, Bitter, and Poignant

Published: Simon & Schuster on
ISBN: 9781451632965
List price: $11.99
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I heard about this book a lot. But as I searched for it here on scribd its unavailable :(more

Proof that a book written in accessible language, in an easy reading style, can be one of the greatest, as well as funniest books, ever written.

The chaotic plot order of the chapters can be a little confusing, but given the 'catch 22' nature of the theme you should expect to be sent all over the place a little.

A challenge to read without laughing.more
I found this book very annoying to read after the first little while, though it was interesting.more
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I heard about this book a lot. But as I searched for it here on scribd its unavailable :(more

Proof that a book written in accessible language, in an easy reading style, can be one of the greatest, as well as funniest books, ever written.

The chaotic plot order of the chapters can be a little confusing, but given the 'catch 22' nature of the theme you should expect to be sent all over the place a little.

A challenge to read without laughing.more
I found this book very annoying to read after the first little while, though it was interesting.more
Well. This book has taken me a lot longer to read than most others. It was very hard going to begin with. The first 100 pages or so were slow going and many times I almost gave up. But I persevered and once I hit the middle it all started making sense and I flew through it. I think I'll come back in a couple years time and read it again to see if it makes more sense.more
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