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Catch-22  (English, Paperback, Heller Joseph)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9780099477310, 0099477319
  • Edition: Regular, 1994
  • Pages: 528
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    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.
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    Book Details
    Imprint
    • Vintage
    Publication Year
    • 1994 August
    Edition Type
    • Regular
    Book Type
    • War Fiction with Dark Comedy
    Number of Pages
    • 528
    Contributors
    Author Info
    • Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a bombardier in the Second World War and then attended New York University and Columbia University and then Oxford, the last on a Fullbright scholarship. He then taught for two years at Pennsylvania State University, before returning to New York, where he began a successful career in the advertising departments of Time, Look and McCall's magazines. It was during this time that he had the idea for Catch-22. Working on the novel in spare moments and evenings at home, it took him eight years to complete and was first published in 1961. His second novel, Something Happened was published in 1974, Good As Gold in 1979 and Closing Time in 1994. He is also the author of the play We Bombed in New Haven.
    Additional Features
    Age Group
    • 18-50
    Dimensions
    Width
    • 31 mm
    Height
    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Depth
    • 1.98
    Weight
    • 362 gr
    Ratings & Reviews
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    5

    NOT YOUR USUAL MASALA NOVEL !!!!!

    If you are looking for unreal and utterly stupid entertainment then look elsewhere.... If you are looking for a page turner which you can read by plugging on to your ear buds then look elsewhere.....
    Although this is supposed to be a hilarious one it certainly is much more than that..... with every joke Heller tries to crack there is impending irony behind it and until and unless you get that second meaning you will turn down this book after 50 pages anyway !!!!!!
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    Niladri Chakraborty

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    5

    Packs A big SOLID PUNCH !!

    Seldom do we come across a literary work that has had so profound an effect on the society that its title has become a catch phrase which is often used. Catch-22, which literally means a â??vicious cycleâ?? or a â??no win situationâ??, is a novel which brilliantly captures a sane manâ??s vain attempt to break free from a world gone insane.

    Itâ??s a satirical war novel that moves, shocks, delights, makes you laugh and makes you feel pretty much every emotion while offering you a new insight t...
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    5

    hilarious to the core!

    This book is so well- written, that it feels like I am watching the characters live a their lives.. get annoyed by people..pray for their luck to change etc.

    It is so hilarious but I am serious way.. I cant put it in words. But anyone who hasn't read a funny-well-written book in a while..and wants to get his/her mood up, must read it.

    Loved it.
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    Shweta

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    MUST READ MILITARY SATIRE

    Catch 22 is probably the best book I have read in my life. It is a fictional account of World War 2. Catch 22 is a satire, which reveals dark truths through the medium of humor. The down-to-the-smallest-detail characterization is superb and it is through his precisely etched characters that the author's voice speaks. Catch 22 is extremely engrossing and grips your interest from start to finish - in fact, once you start reading the book is unputdownable. And you will read this book again and a...
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    Vikram Karve

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    5

    Read it for the characters, not the story.

    Must read for those interested in understanding the intricacies of the human behavior.
    Yossarian, the central and only sane character in this book, is at the center around which all other characters contrast as insane in same way or another - the human nature is deeply explored in this book.
    The book is one of the best satire ever written on the human nature. The events in this book are mostly a result of greed and ambition of the superiors and how it destroys the lives of many. The book is ...
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    aadi jain

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    The spirit gone, man is garbage.

    Upto a certain point, I could not make the head or tail of the book. But kept dredging. Then things started to become clear slowly. And lo! It is one of the most entertaining (despite initial boredom) books I have ever read. Comic and tragic -- at the same time.



    Some of my favourite lines:

    The spirit gone, man is garbage.

    ... I'd like to see all these things sort of straightened out, with each person getting exactly what he deserves. It might give me some confidence in this universe.

    In...
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    B Sarma

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    Worth reading!!!!!!! Truely Hilarious!!

    One thing for sure.... This book is definitely not everyone's cup of tea. The very first time I started reading this book, I couldn't manage to go beyond 60 pages. Every paragraph contains a new character and everything is in disorder. Its nothing but sheer torture to continue. I hated it so much that I fell in love with it! I re-started the book right from the beginning and figured out the recipe to enjoy the book! Don't try to remember the character names, just enjoy the humour! Every thing...
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    Siddhartha Kasyap M

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    Catch 22

    A classic book studded with unique characters who will make you smile in any circumstances. I am reading this book for the fifth time. It is a classic book that elevates your mood, makes you smile after every few pages you read and if you can visualize the characters the fun is beyond compare in fact it is incredible ! Suggest for everyone beyond 18.
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    Rajiv Ojha

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    Catch 22

    Yosarian Lives!
    It feels a bit pompous to review a classic like Catch 22...
    A superbly humorous and a scathingly indicting tale of one man who knows that everyone is out to kill him...even the people and the country he is fighting for...and he decides the reason for war is not good enough for him to die for!! As the author says in the superb preface, "Yosarian will outlive all of us!"
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    Sitanshu Shukla

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    Hilarious to the end............

    Never read a book more hilarious and serious than this and it can't be characterized as Black comedy.
    If you find the above sentence contradictory wait till you read the book...

    The books tells about the chaos of war in a very unusual way.

    I have heard people saying they couldn't finish the book because they couldn't make out any sense after reading first few pages. Well people this book doesn't just tell you the story about war it transports you into it and when you are first time in a una...
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    Questions and Answers
    Q:is it unabridged version?
    A:It isn't abridged. It's a good edition with a preface by the author.
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    Q:is it ok for beginners ?
    A:yes, if you have a good command on English language
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    Q:What is the year of publication ?
    A:10 november 1961
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    Q:does it contain book mark?
    A:No
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    Q:How many pages are there in this edition ?
    A:658
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