Catch-22 - Joseph Heller


By Joseph Heller

  • Publication Date: 2010-10-26
  • Genre: Literary
4 Score: 4 (From 245 Ratings)

Book Overview

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.

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Users Reviews


    By Prophet Amos
    A cannot miss read, a true classic. It has it all.
  • Outstanding piece of American Lit but,

    By DJ Texas Pete 90.5
    the price on the ebook is way to high. If it has special features like interviews with Heller or something like that, then the price tag may be justified. Otherwise save your money and support your local library.
  • $13?

    By G123321123
    Why the hell do you have to make this book $13 it doesn’t cost you anything.

    By MissyMay763890
    Shame, Shame, shame
  • Beautifully insane

    By Slayer Fan 911
    This book mixes horror and humor into a book of great purpose and feeling.
  • Satire at its best!

    This is one of my all-time favorite novels. I read it back in high school and ended up using it as source material in a college research paper on Vietnam War sentiment and literature, and yet I still go back to re-read this every five years or so (I don't re-read many books). Entertaining, a little disturbing at times, and very memorable.
  • Price

    By Scam1bag
    Get it in print
  • There was only one catch...

    By Jdv217
    Catch-22 had totally confused me at first, so with the first 50 pages in u won't get it until near the end, so stick with this book it you're struggling, I promise it'll make sense soon enough!! This is one of the most powerful novel I've ever read. It gives u mixed emotions throughout and gets u laughing away with totally ridiculous but funny stories in each chapter. Other then the laughs, there are some parts that although are ridiculous, it really gets u thinking of the impact Of WW2 and all it's devastation. It is one of the most saddest, funniest, and greatest books I've ever read. Read it, and you'll get the full story! Careful, though. There's a catch...
  • Whew, very expensive. Terrific book.

    By t.w.l.1
    A true three-fisted humdinger of a book. Why can't the digital version be more affordable? Guess I'll need to lug my tattered paperback around, or hit up Alibris.
  • Great book, awful price.

    By The Mysterious Mister X
    Catch-22 is a book I've paid for at least three times, and never paid more than $5-$6, cheaper when used. $13? You're kidding, right?