He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's unforgettable novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it. This fiftieth-anniversary edition celebrates Heller's masterpiece with an introduction by Howard Jacobson, rare images from Heller's personal archive and essays ...
He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's unforgettable novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it. This fiftieth-anniversary edition celebrates Heller's masterpiece with an introduction by Howard Jacobson, rare images from Heller's personal archive and essays by the likes of Norman Mailer, Anthony Burgess and Christopher Hitchens. "Reading Catch-22" is nothing less than a rite of passage. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.
Good. 0679437223 original 1961 Simon & Schuster hard cover-1st edition 2nd printing-brand new facsimile dust jacket with mylar cover-some staining to cover-minor staining to page edge-webbing showing at back leaf-otherwise binding strong contents clean-one of the important books of the 20th century-enjoy.
Very Good. Simon and Schuster, New York 1961. Second Printing of the First Edition. Stated Second Printing. Blue cloth boards. Book Condition: Very Good, shelf wear, light spots. Light age toning. The dust jacket is not present.
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Used-Good. Good hardback in Fair dust jacket. Owner's name (dated 1962) on front free end paper; light stains on front free end paper, & page fore-edge; spine a little bumped at foot. Second state dust jacket, worn & chipped at edges & a little foxed, with browned spine, & tear down back fold, with glue-stain from sellotape repair; dust jacket not price-clipped, & protected in removable clear film.
Fair in Very Good jacket. The jacket is a colour photocopy from a very good jacket. the original red boards of this book are very marked and worn and the spine has been repaired. there is a split in the binding at the half title page and some netting is showing. this has also been repaired. there are 2 signatures from a previous owner. i described the book as "fair" as most of the damage to the book is covered by the copy jacket. if this was not the case the book would have been described as poor.
Very Good. 1961 Simon & Schuster first edition 2nd printing in price intact ($5.95) good jacket. Book is tight and unmarked with light fade to original topstain. Jacket is ripped and chipped, now in mylar. ( Heller picture rear panel, no reviews front panel). Faint damstain base of spine. Please email for photos.
Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine.; Great Books of the 20th Century; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Fine, Leather Bound. Book accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints to ensure the highest quality binding. Publisher's notes laid-in. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Book First edition, stated "second printing, " in the first-issue dust jacket with original $5.95 publisher's price on the front flap, no review blurbs on the front cover, and a captionless full-cover photo of Heller in a sport coat on the rear panel. Blue cloth binding with white lettering on the spine. Red topstain. Untrimmed page edges. 443 pages. NEAR FINE book in VERY GOOD dust jacket. Book is bright, clean and unworn. In Fine condition except for a couple of small, very faint stains on the front board, a slight touch of surface rubbing on the rear board and some faint foxing along the top edges of the boards. No sunning or bumping. Tight and square with strong, sound hinges. Flawless interior with bright, clean pages, appearing possibly unread. No previous owner's signature or markings. Dust jacket is generally excellent but with the following flaws: five closed edge tears (two with associated light creasing) to the front and rear panels which also show some light surface wear, a small tan stain on the front panel and a small closed tear in the center of the rear panel, a 3/4" x 1/2" chip at the bottom spine edge, light wear to the top spine edge and light surface wear to the center of the spine. Otherwise bright and clean with no creasing to the inner flaps. Jacket is protected in a mylar cover.
Like New. Like new hardcover. SIGNED (by author on blank end paper), Limited first edition. Full leather with gilt edges, silk end papers and place ribbon. Previous owner's bookplate on reverse side of free end paper, otherwise an unblemished copy. Includes notes from the editor pamphlet.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!
The copy I received was better than expected. This book is a classic and a must to under stand the origin and meaning of "Catch-22" so commonly used in our language today.
Aug 31, 2014
Once you have read this book, one realises that the widespread use of "Catch 22" to describe a situation so often; could not be further from the truth of the definition as described in this book.
Read it, and enjoy.
Nov 21, 2013
There is nothing to review. A Great book and a Great writer. I lent my copy and never got it back. No bookcase should be without one and so I have replaced mine. It should be read every three years on a regular basis for its humour and insight into life and human frailty.
May 2, 2013
Heller's Book is a classic
Joseph Heller only wrote one book worth reading, but it is very good and a joy to read. My only paperbac k copy is long worn out and I had to have a good hard copy for my library.
Jan 12, 2010
This book is packed with hilarious characters from Yossarian to Major Major Major. It is written in satire form allowing it to present a ridiculously extreme story based on what would have been current events in Heller's time. While it is admittedly a style so unconventional it turns away many readers, I found it exquisitely fascinating and promptly read it twice through. The randomness of the conversation and plot is bothersome to some folks however I personally enjoyed it immensely, especially style of logic used by many of the soldiers.
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