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 ...Read MoreHe 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.Read Less
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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.
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!
Fine in Very Good + jacket. HELLER, JOSEPH. CATCH-22. Simon & Schuster. New York. 1961. First Edition, SECOND PRINTING. 5.75" x 8.5". 443 pages. Book is in NEAR FINE condition w/ light blue textured cloth binding with bold white lettering on spine. Spine tips, corners and edges untouched. Book is tight, bright and unmarked. There is very subtle sunning about 1/2" around edges otherwise book is in Fine condition. Dustjacket is in VERY GOOD+ condition with glossy cover with light blue background framed in white with bold white lettering and red man dancing in bottom left corner; and there is a full cover black & white picture of Heller on back cover. Jacket's spine tips and corners are gently bumped and worn with few 1/8" chips and there is 1/4" x 1/8" chip on top back spine tip, there is a 1/2" triangular chip on bottom front edge and 3/4" tear on bottom spine tip which won't show with covering. Catch-22, a satirical novel, is frequently cited as one of the greatest literary works of the twentieth century. Book is handsome copy in exceptional shape especially for close to 55 years old!
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.
Fair. No dust jacket. Signed by author. Signed and dated by the author with a long inscription, New York City. A rare collectible. Some wear to cover, spine slightly loose. 443 p.; 21 cm. Sequel: Closing time.
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.
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.
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!
Very Good. Simon and Schuster, New York 1961. Second Printing of the First Edition. Blue cloth boards. Book Condition: Very Good+, tight spine, clean pages. Spots on the boards, sunning at the foot of the spine. The dust jacket is not present.
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.
Mar 6, 2008
From A Military Veteran's Point Of View
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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