Catch 22: Book Review: Catch-22, By Joseph Heller

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Mark Zeus Muhammad S. Abinal
Prof. Borras
21 November 2016


Joseph Heller May 1, 1923- December 12, 1999. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and flew 60 combat missions as a bombardier in World War II before finishing his studies at Columbia and Oxford and working as an advertising copywriter. He was described as a satirical writer and novelist.
His satirical novel Catch-22 (1961), based on his wartime experiences, was one of the most significant works of postwar protest literature and a huge critical and popular success. It was referred to as ‘the best American novel in years’ by the Chicago Sun times. Its initial response however was not impressive, with the novel selling only 30,000 copies in America. Its success was gradual and once the baby boomers caught its eye, the novel went on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S alone. It also ranked 7th on Modern Library’s list of 100 novels of the century.
WORKS: (excluding plays and short stories)

Catch-22 1. Catch-22 (1961) 2. Closing Time (1994)


Catch As Catch Can (2003)


Something Happened (1974)
Good As Gold (1979)
God Knows (1984)
Poetics (1987)
Picture This (1988)
Portrait of an Artist, As an Old Man (2000)

Catch-22 is a comedic novel with tragic elements which details the efforts of the protagonist Yossarian, a captain in the US Army Air Force, in avoiding flying any more combat missions. The novel takes place on
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