WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HOWARD JACOBSON Explosive, subversive, wild and funny, 50 years on the novel's strength is undiminished. Reading Joseph Heller's classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage. Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire ...
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HOWARD JACOBSON Explosive, subversive, wild and funny, 50 years on the novel's strength is undiminished. Reading Joseph Heller's classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage. Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. New York: The Modern Library, 1961. First Modern Library edition (1966). Hardcover. 443 pp. Near fine, in a very good unclipped jacket. Leaves toned at edges. Jacket rubbed/scuffed with soil to rear and minor edge wear.
Very good; Collectible. 1964 Delta paperback, stated First Delta Printing, 1964. Some staining to cover and page edge, otherwise binding solid, contents clean. A fine collectible of an American classic. Fast shipping.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Book First edition, "Sixth Printing" stated on copyright page, with title page dated 1961. Second-issue dust jacket with three review blurbs on front panel and photo of author in sport coat on rear panel along with publisher's original $5.95 price on front flap. Blue cloth binding with white lettering on the spine. Reddish-orange topstain. Untrimmed page edges. 443 pages. VERY GOOD book in VERY GOOD dust jacket. Book is bright and very clean with no sunning to the spine but has fairly heavy faint foxing along the all edges of both boards, light sun-fading to the red top edge, browning to the outer pages of the text block and browning to the blank margins of all pages. Slight horizontal ripple in the spine cloth above author's name, light foxing to the endpapers and somewhat age-toned pages. Otherwise flawless pages, no bumping to the edges or corners and very tightly bound with strong, secure hinges with no cracking. No previous owner's signature on front endpaper. Dust jacket is bright and clean with some light faint foxing/browing along the edges of the front and rear panels. Just slight sun-fading to the spine. Light wear and creasing to the spine ends with shallow chipping to the top edge and three one-inch closed edge tears along the folds. Two small horizontal closed tears on the front fore-edge fold and one small hole on the rear fore-edge fold. Otherwise excellent with very little surface wear. Jacket is protected in a new archival mylar cover.
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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.
Very Good. Simon and Schuster, New York 1961. Second Printing of the First Edition. Stated Second Printing. Blue cloth boards. Book Condition: Very Good, light shelf wear, light spots. Remnants of the jacket flaps at the endpaper, light age toning. The dust jacket is not present.
Good; Collectible. Simon and Schuster, 1961, Hardcover, First Edition, Second Printing. Unmarked, tight binding, no creases. Original pink color to top closed page edge, rough-cut fore edge. Original dust jacket with $5.95 price. Jacket has some edge chipping, now in protective mylar. Small waterstain to top spine edge corner. Fast shipping.
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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