Joseph Heller's now-classic satirical novel has captivated generations of readers since it was first published in 1961. Set during the final days of World War II, the novel offers a brilliant take on the perils and pitfalls of bureaucratic thinking. Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier, and his fellow airmen just want to fulfill their wartime obligations and get back home safe, sane and alive. The absurd and insane situations they encounter and how they overcome them is the basis of this fascinating novel. Based in part on Heller's own experiences during World War II, Catch-22 is a brilliant and cleverly insightful take on life and human reasoning.
Told from various points of view and uniquely sequenced in a non-chronological way that cleverly builds the plot, Catch-22 is quite unlike any other novel you have ever read. Absurdly funny and strikingly original, it is still considered to be a true American original in the world of literary fiction.
Catch-22 is like no other novel we have ever read. It has its own style, its own rationale, its own extraordinary character. It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror. It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting. It is totally original.
It is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever even if he has to die in the attempt.)
Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane. It is a novel that lives and moves and grows with astonishing power and vitality. It is, we believe, one of the strongest creations of the mid-century.
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