Catch-22 (Paperback)
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Catch-22 (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 06/10/1994
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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. 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.

'The greatest satirical work in the English language' - The Observer

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22

Captain John Yossarian, reluctant US army bombardier, is stuck on a Mediterranean island in the dog days of the Second World War. Spinning giddily amidst a morass of specious rules and pointless regulations he attempts to maintain a tenuous grip on his sanity, whilst not losing his life on another fruitless mission. But with the warped logic of Catch-22 ringing in his head and a cast of eccentric, deluded and just plain crazy comrades snapping at his heels, he begins to wonder whether he is ever going to be allowed to go home again.

One of the great satirical novels in Western literature, Catch-22 is an absurdist condemnation of armed conflict and a rallying cry against the arbitrary authority of those in power. A television adaptation, co-directed by and starring George Clooney, aired on Channel 4 in June 2019.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099477310
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 362 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Never has a book been laughed and wept over so many times' - The Guardian 

'To my mind, there have been two great American novels in the past fifty years. Catch-22 is one' - Stephen King

'Catch-22 is the only war novel I've ever read that makes any sense' - Harper Lee

'The war novel to end all war novels' - Independent 

'Wildly original, brutally gruesome, a dazzling performance that will outrage as many readers as it delights. Vulgarly, bitterly funny, it will not be forgotten by those who can take it' - The New York Times 

'Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this' - The Financial Times 

'The greatest satirical work in the English language' - Philip Toynbee, The Observer

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