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Discover Joseph Heller's hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it.
It’s the closing months of World War II and Yossarian has never been closer to death. Stationed in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, each flight mission introduces him to thousands of people determined to kill him.
But the enemy above is not Yossarian’s problem – it is his own army intent on keeping him airborne, and the maddening ‘Catch-22’ that allows for no possibility of escape.
‘The greatest satirical work in the English language’ Observer
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Catch-22 remains an unsettling read, at once a darkly hilarious survey of the absurdities of military life and a deadly serious meditation on the horrors of war. Inspired by Joseph Heller’s own experience as a World War II fighter pilot, the 1961 novel depicts an Air Force squadron where increasingly unhinged enlisted men and inept officers are each other’s worst enemies. Heller swerves between puckish satire, brutal drama, and a genuinely terrifying climax, introducing us to one-of-a-kind characters like Captain Yossarian, who consistently fails in his efforts to be ruled insane, and Milo Minderbinder, a ruthless war profiteer. This could be the 20th century’s most powerful—and funny—anti-war novel.
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This is my favourite book of all time, second only to my own book, but nevertheless it is better, even though I would always put mine first.
Wow fantastic read
At the start if the book I was interested in the way the author concentrated on the characters more than anything else. I can be a bit daunting at first but, when you get a quarter of the way into it well then the talent from Joseph heller to write really comes out. Must buy!!!!
'Brilliant' does not do this book justice
This is simply the funniest, most tragic, cleverest, and (in my opinion) greatest book written in the 20th century, and my, it does have some competition.
Do this book some justice, read it and I promise you, you will not put it down.