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Paperback Series : Vintage Classics

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Review by Richard on 27th August, 2009
3 stars "Making Light Of War"

I wanted to like this book, I tried to get into it, but it was a bit too off beat for me. It is a bit like the Spike Milligan war books, but not as good. I could never relate to the characters and there was no real meat to the story. This has been billed as a classic, and maybe it is just me.



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February 7th, 2004
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United Kingdom
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At the heart of Joseph Heller's bestselling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it. It is the tale of the dangerously sane Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive.


Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 21 2003.

Author Biography

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. Joseph Heller was an honorary fellow of St. Catherine's College, Oxford, which he visited periodically to meet students writing fiction. He died in 1999.

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