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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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Catch-22 (original 1961; edition 1996)

by Joseph Heller (Author)

Series: Catch-22 (1)

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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.)… (more)
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Title:Catch-22
Authors:Joseph Heller (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster (1996), Edition: 1967 printing, 464 pages
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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)

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    Anonymous user: Joseph Heller's sequel to "Catch-22" set in the early 1990s.
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    paulkid: Me, I think that true stories are the most absurd. For me, "In Pharaoh's Army" may not be as funny as "Catch-22", but it's close and definitely has made me consider my own serious outlook on life a little less, well, seriously. See if you agree.
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    Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller by Tracy Daugherty (Imprinted)
    Imprinted: This biography includes a lengthy section on the writing and publishing of Catch-22, the tragicomic 1961 novel that originated in Heller’s experience as a World War II bombardier
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    girlunderglass: Both stories about war, plus Heller owes much to Salinger in terms of authorial voice (wit, vernacular language, goddamits, sense of humor)
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    wvlibrarydude: Satire and humor that will split your gut. Read if you want to laugh at humanity.
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    alaskayo: A genuine equal to Catch-22 written for the Vietnam age. Not just a cheap attempt to imitate Heller's talent-slash-luck, Eastlake may well have surpassed his masterpiece with this long-last classic. Read alongside Dispatches to maximize pleasure; then continue your newfound, inevitable addiction to all things Eastlake, because he really is that good--and he really is that inexplicably, undeservably unknown.… (more)
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Ο παραλογισμός του πολέμου και του στρατού δοσμένος με χιούμορ και σουρεαλιστικές νότες.
Από τις λίγες φορές που γέλασα δυνατά με ένα βιβλίο και που συμπάθησα τόσο έναν ήρωα που έχει αφομοιωθεί στον παραλογισμό που ζει αλλά δείχνει ακούσια να το συνειδητοποιεί και τελικά να επαναστατεί. ( )
  NickosX | Sep 18, 2020 |
I can see why it's so well regarded. It's definitely well written. But the misogyny killed my enjoyment almost completely. Very of its time, but... [SPOILER] I no longer have patience with rape as a plot device. ( )
  Jessica_Olin | Sep 17, 2020 |
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Each chapter is like a short story that over time begins to connect. The story does a good and humorist job of show the mental tow that war can cast everyone that involve. Catch-22 was publish in 1955, I don’t know how much is know about PDSD back then. Base on each character’s action most of them if not all are suffering from PDSD in some shape or form.

At times the humor becomes over the top funny. Mind you there are a few sex scenes. Nothing too detail those. ( )
  AnnaBookcritter | Sep 15, 2020 |
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Each chapter is like a short story that over time begins to connect. The story does a good and humorist job of show the mental tow that war can cast everyone that involve. Catch-22 was publish in 1955, I don’t know how much is know about PDSD back then. Base on each character’s action most of them if not all are suffering from PDSD in some shape or form.

At times the humor becomes over the top funny. Mind you there are a few sex scenes. Nothing too detail those. ( )
  AnnaBookcritter | Sep 15, 2020 |
Terribly boring. ( )
  MFazekas99 | Sep 15, 2020 |
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"A wild, moving, shocking, hilarious, raging, exhilarating, giant roller-coaster of a book"
added by GYKM | editNew York Herald Tribune
 
"the best novel to come out in years"
added by GYKM | editThe Nation
 
"doesn't even seem to be written; instead, it gives the impression of having been shouted onto paper.... what remains is a debris of sour jokes"
added by GYKM | editThe New Yorker
 
"Catch-22," by Joseph Heller, is not an entirely successful novel. It is not even a good novel by conventional standards. But there can be no doubt that it is the strangest novel yet written about the United States Air Force in World War II. Wildly original, brilliantly comic, brutally gruesome, it is a dazzling performance that will probably outrage nearly as many readers as it delights. In any case, it is one of the most startling first novels of the year and it may make its author famous.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, Orville Prescott (pay site) (Oct 23, 1961)
 
A portrait gallery, a collection of anecdotes, some of them wonderful, a parade of scenes, some of them finely assembled, a series of descriptions, yes, but the book is no novel... Its author, Joseph Heller, is like a brilliant painter who decides to throw all the ideas in his sketchbooks onto one canvas, relying on their charm and shock to compensate for the lack of design.
 

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Bradbury, MalcolmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buckley, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ceserani, RemoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kliphuis, J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lahtela, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Packer, NeilIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was only one catch... and that was Catch-22.

This island of Pianosa lies in the Mediterranean Sea eight miles south of Elba. It is very small and obviously could not accommodate all of the actions described. Like the setting of this novel, the characters, too, are fictitious.
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To Candida Donadio, literary agent, and Robert Gottlieb, editor. Colleagues.
To my mother
and to Shirley
and my children, Erica and Ted
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It was love at first sight.
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They had not brains enough to be introverted and repressed.
There was only one catch, and that was Catch-22.
The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on.
"Sure, that's what I mean," Doc Daneeka said. "A little grease is what makes this world go round. One hand washes the other. Know what I mean? You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."

Yossarian knew what he meant.

"That's not what I meant," Doc Daneeka said, as Yossarian began scratching his back.
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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.)

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This is the story of Yossarian, a man trying to survive during WW2. Unable to go home because he hasn't completed enough missions he tries to get himself deemed ill which he can't do because he hasn't been sick. 

Reading books in uncomfortable situations often affect how you like and remember books. That's what happened with this book. I just got confused a lot. It was also really difficult to read on the computer for 8 straight hours. That wasn't a good plan.
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