Catch-22

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Vintage Classic, 2011 - Bombardiers - 602 pages
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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. Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it. object width="480" height="390"param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kan1Ez5YIjI'version=3and&hl=en_GBand&rel=0"/paramparam name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/paramparam name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/paramembed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kan1Ez5YIjI'version=3and&hl=en_GBand&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/embed/object

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MUST READ MILITARY SATIRE

User Review  - Vikram Karve - Flipkart

Catch 22 is probably the best book I have read in my life. It is a fictional account of World War 2. Catch 22 is a satire, which reveals dark truths through the medium of humor. The down-to-the ... Read full review

Worth reading!!!!!!! Truely Hilarious!!

User Review  - Siddhartha Kas... - Flipkart

One thing for sure.... This book is definitely not everyone's cup of tea. The very first time I started reading this book, I couldn't manage to go beyond 60 pages. Every paragraph contains a new ... Read full review

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American novelist and dramatist Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 1, 1923. Heller started off his writing career by publishing a series of short stories, but he is most famous for his satirical novel Catch-22. Set in the closing months of World War II, Catch-22 tells the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who discovers the horrors of war and its aftereffects. This novel brought the phrase "catch-22," defined in Webster's Dictionary as "a situation presenting two equally undesirable alternatives," into everyday use. Heller wrote Closing Time, the sequel to Catch-22, in 1994. Other novels include As Good As Gold and God Knows. He also wrote No Laughing Matter, an account of his struggles with Guillain-Barr Syndrome, a neurological disorder, in 1986. Thirty-five years after writing his first book, Heller wrote his autobiography, entitled Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here. In his memoirs, Heller reminisces about what it was like growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and 1940s. On December 13, 1999, Heller died of a heart attack in his home on Long Island. His last novel, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man, was published shortly after his death.

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