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 ...Show synopsisHe 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.Hide synopsis
Description:Very Good/Fine. Very scarce 1st printing in paperback. An...Very Good/Fine. Very scarce 1st printing in paperback. An excellent book-clean, solid with vivid colors. No fading. The spine is somewhat concave with some creasing. Very minor edgewear to covers and spine. Page edges dyed bright green. 75 cent cover price. A superior copy of this literary highpoint.
Description:Not A Book in Clamshell As New jacket. First Edition Clamshell...Not A Book in Clamshell As New jacket. First Edition Clamshell Case Excellent Custom Fitted Modern Collector's Clamshell Bookcase [Not A Book] HAND-CRAFTED by our conservation team, each box is Gilt-stamped at the spine, & features a blind embossed [sculpted] design, raised on the upper cover inspired by the first edition DJ's graphics. This handsome case is finished inside & out in overall Deep Sky Blue & Red Nuba®; a fine, supple & durable covering with a neutral ph that has the feel of velvety soft Italian Nubuck® leather. This clamshell is perfectly sized to accommodate your first edition. TBCL Web Site photo/link available for over 100 generally in-stock titles. Custom Craft available. Book definitely NOT included.
Description:Fine in Very Good jacket. Book. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. 1961...Fine in Very Good jacket. Book. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. 1961 stated 13th printing of the first edition 443 page very good clean hardcover(book looks new) with very good clean jacket with price clipped and youg heller on back. A wonderful early printing that would light up any library!
Description:Very Good the jacket is a colour photocopy from a very good...Very Good 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.
Description:Used-Good. Good hardback in Fair dust jacket. Owner's name ...Used-Good. Good hardback in Fair dust jacket. Owner's name (dated 1962) on ffep; light stains on front free end paper, & page fore-edge; spine a little bumped at foot; dust jacket worn & chipped at edges & a little foxed, with browned spine, & tear down back fold, with glue-stain from sellotape repair; dust jacket protected in removable clear film.
Description:Very Good. 0684865130 1961 Simon & Schuster hard cover-1st...Very Good. 0684865130 1961 Simon & Schuster hard cover-1st edition 2nd printing-later issue dust jacket ($7.95 price)-slight wear to edge of dust jacket (now in mylar cover) some wear to cover at edge front corner-minor stain to page edge-otherwise a clean fine collectible-enjoy.
Description:Very Good. 0684833395 1961 Simon & Schuster hard cover-1st...Very Good. 0684833395 1961 Simon & Schuster hard cover-1st edition 2nd printing-later issue dust jacket ($7.95 price)-slight wear to edge of dust jacket (now in mylar cover) some wear to cover at edge front corner-minor stain to page edge-otherwise a clean fine collectible-enjoy.
Description:First edition of the pirated edition published in Taiwan of the...First edition of the pirated edition published in Taiwan of the author's classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Joseph Heller on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small closed tears and some wear to the rear panel. "Catch-22, Joseph Heller's first and best-known novel, depicts a military world turned upside down. In Heller's World War II, a supplies manager has more power than a general, and anyone seeking a discharge on the grounds of insanity is declared sane enough to keep on fighting. When the novel appeared in 1961, World War II veterans ppreciated its satire of the military bureaucracy and chaos of war. By the mid-1960's, it had become a cult classic among counterculture activists for its biting indictments of war. Many consider the novel to be the definitive statement of the modern antiwar position. The phrase 'Catch-22', symbolizing the bsurdity of all institutional logic, has become a permanent part of our language" (NYPL Books of the Century 177).
Description:Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. Near fine...Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. Near fine clean bright tight square stated third printing of the first edition. for those who want a better than expected copy 50 year old book! A true piece of history!
Description:Fine, Leather Bound, Accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival...Fine, Leather Bound, 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. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. A pristine volume.; Easton Press Great Books of the 20th Century; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
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.
I can't remember how this book was described but I have rarely bought one that wasn't described as at least good condition. This book has dreary brittle yellow pages and an old wrinkled and worn cover. I would describe it as poor at best. I don't presently own a book in worse condition and I have books over 150 years old.
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.
The opening of this book is hilarious. It's funny all the way to the halfway point, and then it is no longer funny.
Having served for 22 years as a military member, I can honestly say that even though my profession was war, I still rate this book as one of the best in modern fiction. That may seem strange, but my belief is that if the military has to use force, then someone in the diplomatic area has failed to do their job.
Yossarian is all of us, Nately is all of us, Major Major is all of us, and every character in the book is all of us at one time or another.
I don't think Heller was satirizing the war so much as he was satirizing the hypocrisy that is used to justify war. The idiocy of Lieutenant General Scheisskopf, the cynicism of Ex-Pfc. Wintergreen, and the helplessness of Yossarian are common traits, whether in war or not.
If you don't like this book for what it says, then Heller has made his point. If you like the book, Heller has still made his point.
Read it, throw it away, give it to the library, but don't ignore what it says.
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