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.
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. No Jacket. Book First edition, stated "Fourth Printing." Blue cloth binding with white lettering on the spine. Reddish-orange topstain. Untrimmed page edges. 443 pages. In VERY GOOD condition. Sunned spine and scattered faint stains on front and rear boards along with a faint ring stain on rear board. Sharp corners with no bumping or wear to the edges. Spotless outer page edges with top edge retaining a deep hue. Tight and square with strong, sound hinges with no cracking. Pages are tanned with about half in the center having a light crease to the top corner from a mild bump to the text block with two pages having a small open tear to the top corner. Pages are otherwise flawless. Previous owner's signature on front endpaper.
Fine. 1451626657 original 1961 BCE hard cover-very very slight wear to edge of dust jacket (now in mylar cover) owner's label inside cover-otherwise a fine clean like new collectible-terrific shape-enjoy.
Very Good. 0679437223 original 1961 Simon & Schuster hard cover-BCE-minor wear to edge of dust jacket (now in mylar cover) otherwise cover and binding fine contents clean-a nice clean collectible-enjoy.
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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.
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.
Good; Collectible. Simon and Schuster, 1961, 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.
Signed. First Edition. Deluxe Signed Limited Edition. -*Signed by Author on the 2nd blank end paper with tissue guard protector. In Fine, Like New Condition; No Ownership Markings. -Bound in Fine Genuine Dark Blue Leather, -22kt gold-stamped spine accents-Distinctive raised spine hubs, -Intricate gilt stamped cover designs, -Specially milled acid-neutral paper, -Smyth-sewn pages, -Gilded page edges, -Permanent satin ribbon page-marker. A Fine Copy. As New Condition-Over 500, 000 Internet Orders Shippe.
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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