Catch-22 by Joseph Heller & Christopher Buckley

71%

8 Critic Reviews

Catch 22 is an unusual, wildly inventive comic novel about World War II...the novel is devoted to a long series of impossible, illogical adventures engaged in by the members of the 256th bombing squadron...
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American lit-erature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22’s intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; personal essays on the genesis of the novel by the author; a wealth of critical responses and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller’s personal archive; and a selection of advertisements from the original publishing campaign that helped turn Catch-22 into a cultural phenomenon. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.
 

About Joseph Heller & Christopher Buckley

See more books from this Author
Joseph Heller was born and raised in Brooklyn. He lives in East Hampton, New York.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 546 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, War, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Fiction
Bookmark Counts:
3
Want to Read
1
Have Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Catch-22
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Oct 07 2011

Catch 22 is an unusual, wildly inventive comic novel about World War II...the novel is devoted to a long series of impossible, illogical adventures engaged in by the members of the 256th bombing squadron...

Read Full Review of Catch-22 | See more reviews from Kirkus

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Chris Cox on Oct 10 2011

There seems to be something up for grabs in Catch-22's circular logic – where madness begets laughter, and laughter begets madness – that makes me immediately go back and read it again; which is an impulse I think Heller, Yossarian and the rest of the gang would understand.

Read Full Review of Catch-22 | See more reviews from Guardian

Pajiba

Below average
Reviewed by Carrie on Jul 10 2009

But the main thing, which is a really big problem: I just did not care. I didn't care about anyone, not Yossarian or the umpteen other characters whose names I can't remember who all seemed to speak the same and have the same personalities so they have become one tedious person in my mind.

Read Full Review of Catch-22

Slate

Good
Reviewed by Ron Rosenbaum on Aug 02 2011

Beautiful! It was one of the reasons I fell madly in love with the novel. Almost the way Yossarian says he fell for the chaplain in the first lines of the book. (

Read Full Review of Catch-22

The Daily Beast

Good
Reviewed by Morris Dickstein on Sep 04 2011

Heller’s comic-book realism and razor-sharp language, ramped up from his own experience, give the novel a reach and profundity that make you pay dearly for having been so amused.

Read Full Review of Catch-22

The New Republic

Good
Reviewed by ELIZABETH D. SAMET on Jul 06 2011

Alone in my hotel room, grinning like Orr, the pilot whose “deranged and galvanic giggle” infuriates Yossarian, I thought Catch-22 was just about the funniest, most outrageous thing I’d ever read.

Read Full Review of Catch-22

ReadySteadyBook

Good
Reviewed by Christian Stretton on Dec 02 2005

The greatest pleasure to be had from this novel though, is the comfort it provides in recognising the absurdity of the world. And laughing at it.

Read Full Review of Catch-22

Quick Book Reviews

Above average
on Jun 22 2012

All in all, a funny and exciting read which explores some very interesting concepts when it comes to not only war, but bureaucracy and human nature in general.

Read Full Review of Catch-22

Reader Rating for Catch-22
81%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 1843 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

User Review

Dan Rory Green 8 Feb 2014

Rated the book as 5 out of 5

Andrew Giambertone

Andrew Giambertone 8 Nov 2014

Added the book to want to read list

O

O 23 Oct 2014

Added the book to want to read list

Dan Rory Green

Dan Rory Green 11 Feb 2014

Has read the book

Dan Rory Green

Dan Rory Green 8 Feb 2014

Liked the book

Rolli

Rolli 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list

×