Joseph Heller - Catch 22 (2nd Hand Paperback)
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22."
With an introduction by Howard Jacobson. Explosive, subversive, wild and funny, 50 years on the novel's strength is undiminished. Reading Joseph Heller's classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage.
Captain John Yossarian, reluctant US army bombardier, is stuck on a Mediterranean island in the dog days of the Second World War.
Spinning giddily amidst a morass of specious rules and pointless regulations he attempts to maintain a tenuous grip on his sanity, whilst not losing his life on another fruitless mission. But with the warped logic of Catch-22 ringing in his head and a cast of eccentric, deluded and just plain crazy comrades snapping at his heels, he begins to wonder whether he is ever going to be allowed to go home again.
One of the great satirical novels in Western literature, Catch-22 is an absurdist condemnation of armed conflict and a rallying cry against the arbitrary authority of those in power. A television adaptation, co-directed by and starring George Clooney, aired on Channel 4 in June 2019.
- Format : Standard Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Fiction - Classics
- Published : 1955 (This Edition 2004 - Vintage)
- ISBN : 9780099470465
- SKU : B001281
- PPC : SP500gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Rarely has a piece of literature ticked so many of my boxes. Satire, farce, gallows humour, irreverence, it's as if this book were written entirely for me. I loved every word on every page of this book. I cannot find a single miniscule fault anywhere within the narrative or the prose or the characterisation or the flow or the humour. I can say without any hesitation that Catch-22 is a perfect novel. It was love at first sight." - Goodreads Review.
'The greatest satirical work in the English language' - The Observer.
"Wildly original, brutally gruesome, a dazzling performance that will outrage as many readers as it delights. Vulgarly, bitterly, savagely funny, it will not be forgotten by those who can take it" - New York Times.
"Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny, and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this" - Financial Times.
Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 - December 12, 1999) was an American author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays. His best-known work is the 1961 novel Catch-22, a satire on war and bureaucracy, whose title has become a synonym for an absurd or contradictory choice.
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