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Catch-22

by Heller, Joseph

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New York: Simon & Schuster. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1961. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Stated first printing. Blue cloth lightly stained. Slight offset to endpages. Red topstain a bit faded. Slight spine lean. Unmarked copy. Jacket in mylar has price of $5.95, shallow chipping to spine ends, a touch of toning/soil to folds. Housed in a fine custom clamshell case. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

Synopsis

Catch-22 is Joseph Heller’s first novel and his most acclaimed work. Set during World War II, the novel uses a distinctive non-chronological third-person omniscient narration, mainly focusing on the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Occasionally, the narrator also shows us how other characters, such as the chaplain or Hungry Joe, experience the world around them. As the novel’s events are described from the different points of view through separate out-of-sequence storylines, the timeline of Catch-22 develops along with the plot. The novel's title refers to a plot device that is repeatedly invoked in the story. Catch-22 starts as a set of paradoxical requirements whereby airmen mentally unfit to fly did not have to, but could not actually be excused. By the end of the novel, the phrase is invoked as the explanation for many unreasonable restrictions. “Catch-22” has since entered the English language and can be understood as an unsolvable logic puzzle, a difficult situation from which there is no escape. Upon publication, the book was not a best seller in the United States. It was merely a cult favorite until the publication of the paperback edition in 1962, which set record sales — most likely benefitting from a national debate about the pointlessness of the Vietnam War. Catch-22 has since been ranked as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library, one of the 20th century's top 100 novels by the Radcliffe Publishing Course, and one of the 100 greatest novels of all time by The Observer. 

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Bookseller
curtis paul books inc. US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
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Title
Catch-22
Author
Heller, Joseph
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1961

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