50th anniversary of Catch 22's publication. Yossarian lives!
Explosive, subversive, wild and funny, 50 years on the novel's strength is undiminished. Reading Joseph Heller's classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage.
Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man’s efforts to survive it.
“It is the Rock and Roll of novels”
“To my mind, there have been two great American novels in the past fifty years. Catch-22 is one.”
“Catch-22 is the only war novel I've ever read that makes any sense”
“The greatest satirical work in the English language”
“Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this”
“Written with brilliance. Echoes with mad laughter”
“An astonishing range of imagination... exciting”
“Catch-22 is the greatest satirical work in English since Erewhon...remarkable... This is a book that I could wish everyone to read. It is a book which should help us feel more clearly”
Philip Toynbee, Observer
“My all-time favourite war-novel”
“A wondrous book with many layers. When I first read it at 14 the story of war and passion really inspired me. It was like reading something in neon: everything came alive. As a teenager you start to feel the world is against you and I identified strongly with Yossarian and his dilemma. One of the funniest things I've ever read.”
Nathaniel Parker, Daily Express