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Catch- is like no other novel we have ever read It has its own style its own rationale its own extraordinary character It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting It is totally originalIt is set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasnt even met keep trying to kill him He has decided to live forever even if he has to die in the attemptCatch- is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane It is a novel that lives and moves and grows with astonishing power and vitality It is we believe one of the strongest creations of the mid-centuryPerformed by Jay O Sanders.

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Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia. Even as a child, he loved to write; at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland. He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next year working as a blacksmith's apprentice, a messenger boy, and a filing clerk. In 1942, at age 19, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Two years later he was sent to Italy, where he flew 60 combat missions as a B-25 bombardier. Heller later remembered the war as "fun in the beginning. .. You got the feeling that there was something glorious about it. " On his return home he "felt like a hero. .. People think it quite remarkable that I was in combat in an airplane and I flew sixty missions even though I tell them that the missions were largely milk runs. "See also

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