Book review: Catch-22

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This is an exclusive Folio Society edition of the classic anti-war satire, currently being made into a TV series by George Clooney.

Author: JOSEPH HELLER

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

Buy your copy here.

 

This is an exclusive Folio Society edition of the classic anti-war satire, currently being made into a TV series by George Clooney. It comes in a protective case, with a thick cover containing embossed graphics. Inside, there’s an introduction from Malcolm Bradbury with the text on high quality, cream-coloured paper and eight, full colour plate illustrations by Neil Packer scattered about.

 

Originally published in 1961, it’s a manic depiction of the insanity of the US military with a cast of grotesque characters and a hapless anti-hero

called Yossarian, who wants nothing more than to get out with his life. It revels in the bureaucracy and incompetence of the army while subjecting Yossarian to the competing whims and personal objectives of his superiors. The style is over the top so you’ll either love or hate it, but there’s no denying that this is a fantastic production and one for collectors who want a special edition for their bookshelf.

 

Buy your copy here.

• The Folio Society
www.foliosociety.com
• 444 pages • Hardback • £39.95

 

As reviewed in The Armourer June 2019

 

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