50th Anniversary Edition
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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.
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The most timeless classic ever written
I first read Catch 22 in 1963, while a freshman in High School. I was hooked on the first page. It became my favorite novel and has remains so, some 48 years later. On it's own, it is a wonderfully entertaining story, filled with some of the most memorable characters to ever grace the printed page. For pure fun, I have returned to it many times over the years and been rewarded by discovering something new each time.
It's most unique value for me however, has been it's continued relevance to the real world. Having spent over 35 years in government service, it was a rare time when I could not relate two or three of my co-workers to characters in the book. Col. Cathcart, Major Major Major, and Appleby are just a few of the examples that come to mind. If you doubt me, you haven't read the book enough times. Still not convinced? How about Chief Wild Halfoat? Any doubt the oil companies would still be following him? And finally, Milo Minderbinder. Who could not see the parallels between his philosophy and that of Dick Cheney. Why should you care if your son or daughter dies in a war, as long as you own part of the company. Now, is that Milo talking or our past VP? Read this book and you decide.
High School Students Perspective (2011)
My my. This truly is a timeless novel as the same ideas and themes displayed in this story are still prevalent today. It really amazes me and shows how people, despite all the "progress" that we have made, haven't truly gotten all that far.
To be honest, I didn't expect too much from this book. But the satire throughout this book really nailed it to the point that any reader should be able to see it immediately. Examples being.. The syndicate. Corporations these days are all doing all they can to please the shareholders (in this case Milo), but the same concept occurs.
But what I was truly touched upon was by the atrocities of war. People who make fun of war may think it's all fun and games, but the death of Snowden really brings out the horrifying aspect of death. We all too often brush aside the aspect of war, thinking it's only a "war". Too many of us (A.P. students who only strive to do well academically) don't have the right to give an explicit opinion about war until you have been in the shoes of Yosharrian or the others. I'm not arguing for any war in itself, but war in itself, like the author clearly emphasizes, is often an unnecessary and extravagant means in order to get things done. It's mighty easy to get a war going; it's much harder to actually fight it and be able to justify it.
This book also emphasizes the delicacy of life itself; we often fail to realize that death happens to be around the corner. I don't want to give too many details about this book away, so just read it!
Bottom line: Classic.