Catch-22

Catch-22

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Baker & Taylor
A new publication of Joseph Heller's classic WWII black comedy follows American bomber pilot Yossarian on his harrowing quest for the final mission that will free him from his military obligation.

Blackwell North Amer
Catch-22 took the war novel genre to a new level, shocking us with its clever and disturbing style. Set in a World War II American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of John Yossarian, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Yossarian is also trying to decode the meaning of Catch-22, a mysterious regulation that proves that insane people are really the sanest, while the supposedly sensible people are the true madmen. And this novel is full of madmen - Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly in order to finish their tour; Milo Minderbinder, a dedicated entrepreneur who bombs his own airfield when the Germans offer him an extra 6 percent; Major Major Major, whose tragedy in life is that he resembles Henry Fonda; and Major ____ de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding no one has dared ask his name.
Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents the contemporary classic depicting the struggles of a U.S. airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II base

Simon and Schuster
Catch-22 is one of this century's greatest works of American literature. First published m 1961, Joseph Heller's profound and compelling novel has appeared on nearly every list of must read fiction. It is a classic in every sense of the word.

Catch-22 took the war novel genre to a new level, shocking us with its clever and disturbing style. Set in a World War II American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of John Yossarian, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Yossarian is also trying to decode the meaning of Catch-22, a mysterious regulation that proves that insane people are really the sanest, while the supposedly sensible people are the true madmen. And this novel is full of madmen -- Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly m order to finish their tour; Milo Minderbinder, a dedicated entrepreneur who bombs his own airfield when the Germans offer him an extra 6 percent; Major Major Major, whose tragedy in life is that he resembles Henry Fonda; and Major -- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding no one has dared ask his name.

No novel before or since has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.

Nearly forty years later, Yossarian lives.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780684865133
0684865130
Branch Call Number: FICTION HELLE...J
Notes: "With a new preface by the author"--Cover

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Download this hilarious eBook and read about the antics of Captain Yosarian. You'll enjoy the motley crew surrounding the anti-hero.

It was banned for indecent language.

There’s been a surge of acclaimed fiction about war in the 21st century, but Joseph Heller’s satire “Catch-22” remains the gold standard. Heller served in World War II, and “Catch-22” reflects the horrors and absurdities of war and its attendant bureaucracies. In 1974, Heller told The Paris Revie... Read More »


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B_J_W
May 12, 2019

A book filled with dark humour and satire, for anyone interested in that stuff. This book has some humour that I personally found offensive, but not offensive enough to make me stop reading the book immediately. The book also seems nonsensical at the beginning, eventually providing you with enough information to allow you to understand the various (maybe dubious) actions of the different characters. I did not finish the book, only getting up to the point where Yossarian almost gets killed by Nately's whore and her kid sister. This was towards the end of the book

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andybe3619
Apr 11, 2019

I tried reading Catch-22 in junior high. I couldn't finish it, and the only thing I remembered was how Major Major got his rank. Fast forward 4 decades, and I decide to give it the ol' junior high try. I got through it this time, but it was a slog.

I didn't find the continuous repetition funny; I didn't enjoy the antics; I didn't like the characters. I did, ultimately, find purpose in the final quarter or so of the story; I appreciated the incompetence on display on so many levels, and could see many of life's situations represented on Pianosa. I'm not sure it was worth the journey.

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whatcomhillwalker
Jan 30, 2019

I read this book in Junior High when it was new and of course saw the flick. Both of them remain fondly in my memory.

IndyPL_MikeH Nov 07, 2018

What do you do when you're trapped in a giant bureaucracy and can't find the door? Oh, and there's World War Two. One of the great American novels.

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Goodenergy5
Nov 06, 2018

This is a horrible book. One of the worst books that I’ve read.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged at the Dallas, TX Independent School District high school libraries (1974); in Snoqualmie, WA (1979) because of its several references to women as "whores." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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SusyHendrix
Sep 05, 2018

One of my favorite books. It is a difficult read at times, I will admit: it's told out of chronological order, the dialogue exchanges are bizarre. But it's ultimately a hilarious and horrifying satire, featuring one of my favorite novel heroes, John Yossarian. If you want a good, offbeat read with cult appeal, you can't go wrong with Catch-22. (The 1970 movie is also excellent and worth seeing.)

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Kaelbe
Jul 26, 2018

I wanted to read this because it is a recognized classic. However after 70 pages I had enough. Skipped 100 pages ahead a few times to see if the style changed, but it didn’t. I couldn’t continue. If Groucho Marks wrote a novel this would be it. Insane and inane.

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pjllkl
Jun 03, 2018

An awful book! It discredits the men and women who fought and died to save the world in the 40's, portraying them all as crazies. It was obviously written in the 50's for the Beat Generation who denigrated everything this country stands for.

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editorjo
May 08, 2018

This book is so excellently written. The humorous absurdity is only broken by moments of grim "realness" that is the reality of war and its effects on people. I first picked up this book because I felt that it was finally time to read this classic. I'm so glad I did; I will be revisiting it again.

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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

"it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything."

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miss_moneypenny
Dec 06, 2013

“The frog is almost five hundred million years old. Could you really say with much certainty that America, with all its strength and prosperity, with its fighting man that is second to none, and with its standard of living that is highest in the world, will last as long as...the frog? ”

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harkij
Jun 08, 2012

The soldier who saw everything twice nodded weakly and sank back on his bed. Yossarian nodded weakly too, eyeing his talented roommate with great humility and admiration. He knew he was in the presence of a master. His talented roommate was obviously a person to be studied and emulated. During the night, his talented roommate died, and Yossarian decided that he had followed him far enough.

"I see everything once!" he cried quickly.

hippyheart Jul 17, 2010

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Good morning Vietnam!

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DavidB
Feb 20, 2009

Major Major had been born too late and too mediocre. Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.

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Dylan J. Knoll
Oct 23, 2008

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are several scenes that depict a bombardier dying from shrapnel in gruesome detail.

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Dylan J. Knoll
Oct 23, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Dylan J. Knoll
Oct 23, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

Set in the midst of World War II, Catch-22 is a satirical novel about the folly of humanity and the bureaucratic lunacies that exist throughout society. (Check out squeedunk.net/catch-22 for all things catch-22)

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