Yossarian is sick and tired of the war. He has to board planes (which might as well be flying coffins, as far as he's concerned), drop bombs on and be shot at by strangers, and deal with utterly insane men in his unit, all of whom see nothing objectionable about boarding flying coffins dropping bombs on and being shot at by strangers. Heller's classic novel is not for the meek or easily bewildered. Between a dizzying timeline, a host of diverse characters, and seeing everything through the eyes of a man quite possibly out of his mind, Catch-22 is not the world's easiest read. It is, however, one of the most rewarding. Alternately thoughtful, hilarious, heartbreaking, horrifying, and uplifting, Heller's creation is impossible to compartmentalize or pin down. Discerning and dedicated readers will be well-rewarded by this classic on the absurdity of war. Put in the effort, and you'll be richly rewarded.
A new publication of Joseph Heller's classic WWII black comedy includes a new introduction by Christopher Buckley, bonus material in the back matter and variant covers, in a novel that follows American bomber pilot Yossarian on his harrowing quest for the final mission that will free him from his military obligation. Simultaneous. 100,000 first printing (paperback).