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Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Catch 22 is a Book You Will Love or Hate
This is a story that was first published in 1961 and has remained in print since that time. Its main character is Yossarian, a B-25 bombardier during World War II. However, few would categorize it is a war novel. It is a satirical book written in a free-form style where the same situation can be seen from the different viewpoints of the characters in the novel. For Yossarian the main enemy is not the Germans, but his commanding officer, Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions his men have to fly before they can go home.
Photo credit: B-25, Wikimedia Commons
Why Heller Wrote Catch 22
Joseph Heller was a bombardier during World War ii, and many of the feelings and problems of the characters in his novel were based on his own personal experiences. He flew 60 bombing missions in 1944 but didn't start writing his book until 1953, and it took him years to finish it. When published it had a cult following among teenagers and college students, and reviews either loved it or panned it. A film version was released in 1970 but was not a great success, however the book is still popular over 50 years after it was first published.
The 50th Anniversary Edition
For those who don't need to have a first edition, signed copy or a glossy hardback this is an excelllent edition.
This is one of the great literary works of the 20th century.
The phrase "Catch 22" has entered the English language and this was the book that put it there.
If you've ever been frustrated, appalled or just amused by bureaucracy then you'll love this book.
The movie is available as a DVD or you can watch it now on Amazon Prime.