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Catch-22 is one of this century's greatest works of American literature. First published m 1961, Joseph Heller's profound and compelling novel has appeared on nearly every list of must read fiction. It is a classic in every sense of the word.

Catch-22 is one of this century's greatest works of American literature. First published m 1961, Joseph Heller's profound and compelling novel has appeared on nearly every list of must read fiction. It is a classic in every sense of the word.

Catch-22 took the war novel genre to a new level, shocking us with its clever and disturbing style. Set in a World War II American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of John Yossarian, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Yossarian is also trying to decode the meaning of Catch-22, a mysterious regulation that proves that insane people are really the sanest, while the supposedly sensible people are the true madmen. And this novel is full of madmen -- Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly m order to finish their tour; Milo Minderbinder, a dedicated entrepreneur who bombs his own airfield when the Germans offer him an extra 6 percent; Major Major Major, whose tragedy in life is that he resembles Henry Fonda; and Major -- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding no one has dared ask his name.

No novel before or since has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.

Nearly forty years later, Yossarian lives. ...Continua

Ha scritto il 29/01/16
An insane, funny look at war and all its contradictions. Anyone who has spent any time in the military will immediately recognize many of the situations and characters in this book. Everyone has major issues and is slightly mad in their own way. T ...Continua
Ha scritto il 03/07/14
Difficult to describe, this book starts greatly but ends in a bit of a disappointment. I loved it a the beginning, because of the nonsense and sarcasm in it, but after a few chapter it became too much to bear and i really struggled to finish it. Stil ...Continua
Ha scritto il 25/04/14
disappointing
I wanted to read this book for years, because it is quoted everywhere and because it seemed to be interesting. Maybe I just read in a bad moment for me, when all the irony and the sarcasm was lost. That's a shame (on me, of course).
I found it a
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Ha scritto il 12/01/14
Battitela!
Questo romanzo bisognerebbe leggerlo due volte per apprezzarlo come merita. Lo stile è particolare, il tono, i personaggi sono costantemente sopra le righe, il linguaggio è brillante, il clima è di scherzo perenne, le situazioni sono spesso comiche, ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 22/08/13
il dietro le quinte della guerra, la descrizione del variegato mondo dell'esercito e dintorni, i prototipi presenti in ogni gruppo in divisa, sublimati dalla follia della guerra: incompetenti, arrivisti, avidi, opportunisti, fanatici, scaltri...

Ha scritto il Jan 31, 2011, 09:06
You know, that might be the answer – to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail.
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Ha scritto il Jun 25, 2007, 02:47
What is Catch-22?

Within the book, "catch-22" is a military rule, the circular logic of which most notably prevents anyone from avoiding combat missions:

* One may only be excused from flying bombing missions on the grounds of insanity;

Within the book, "catch-22" is a military rule, the circular logic of which most notably prevents anyone from avoiding combat missions:

* One may only be excused from flying bombing missions on the grounds of insanity;
* One must assert one's insanity to be excused on this basis;
* One who requests to be excused is presumably in fear for his life. This is taken to be proof of his sanity, and he is therefore obliged to continue flying missions;
* One who is truly insane presumably would not make the request. He therefore would continue flying missions, even though as an insane person he could of course be excused from them simply by asking. ...Continua

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