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.
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, light shelf wear, light spots. Remnants of the jacket flaps at the endpaper, 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.
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.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. First Edition, Second Printing. End papers are toned and foxed. Pages are otherwise clean and unmarked. Binding is square and tight. Boards are overall clean, cloth is slightly faded and rubbed along edges and spine. Text block is lightly soiled and foxed. Dust jacket has creases, small chips, closed tears, scuffing, and rubbing along the edges. Dust jacket covers are browned, lightly soiled, scuffed and rubbed. Dust jacket is in a protective mylar cover. PICTURES PROVIDED UPON REQUEST.
Very Good. 1961 Simon & Schuster first edition 2nd printing in price intact ($5.95) good jacket. Book is tight and unmarked with light fade to original topstain. Jacket is ripped and chipped, now in mylar. ( Heller picture rear panel, no reviews front panel). Faint damstain base of spine. Please email for photos.
Near Fine in Very Good + jacket. Book First edition, stated "second printing." First-issue dust jacket with no review blurbs on the front cover and a captionless full-cover photo of Heller in a sport coat on the rear panel, which is price-clipped but with the "$" sign remaining at bottom edge of front flap. 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 very bright and very clean with just a slight touch of sunning to the spine but no age-toning to the other panels. Light wear to the spine ends along with three closed tears along the top and bottom edges of the spine folds: 3/4", 1" and 1 3/4". Some surface rubbing to the front panel but none at all to the rear panel. Light creasing along the top edge of the rear panel along with a small 3/8" closed tear. Jacket is otherwise excellent and is protected in a new archival 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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