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Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars4/5 (590 ratings)
Length: 769 pages13 hours

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 and company’s tragicomic plight resonates to this day. The Hulu series stars Christopher Abbott as John Yossarian and George Clooney as Lieutenant Scheisskopf.

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Yossarian, a war hero who is furious over the idea of thousands of people he’s never met are trying to kill him, knows that the enemy is not his biggest problem - it instead the army that he serves in. This army keeps increasing the number of missions Yossarian and his fellow pilots must fly to complete their service and be relieved of their duty, meaning that Yossarian must continue putting his life in danger. If he tries to excuse himself from duty, to escape these dangerous missions, he will be in violation of Catch-22, a comically evil bureaucratic rule that states: 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.

After celebrating fifty years of success, Catch-22 remains one of the highest renowned American novels, often celebrated for its comical, yet sinister, prose. Having been named to a variety of best novel lists in recent years, including Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and more, this novel set in Italy during World War II will be intriguing readers for many years to come.
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Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Book Information

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

Ratings:
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars4/5 (590 ratings)
Length: 769 pages13 hours

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 and company’s tragicomic plight resonates to this day. The Hulu series stars Christopher Abbott as John Yossarian and George Clooney as Lieutenant Scheisskopf.

Description

Yossarian, a war hero who is furious over the idea of thousands of people he’s never met are trying to kill him, knows that the enemy is not his biggest problem - it instead the army that he serves in. This army keeps increasing the number of missions Yossarian and his fellow pilots must fly to complete their service and be relieved of their duty, meaning that Yossarian must continue putting his life in danger. If he tries to excuse himself from duty, to escape these dangerous missions, he will be in violation of Catch-22, a comically evil bureaucratic rule that states: 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.

After celebrating fifty years of success, Catch-22 remains one of the highest renowned American novels, often celebrated for its comical, yet sinister, prose. Having been named to a variety of best novel lists in recent years, including Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and more, this novel set in Italy during World War II will be intriguing readers for many years to come.
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