Novels – Catch-22 (1961)

Read the following information about the author of this book and then do the exercises for 5 points in total. Exercise 1 is worth 4 points and Exercise 2 is worth 1 point.

About the Author:

Author Joseph Heller in his publisher’s office in New York City on October 9, 1974. (AP Photo/ Jerry Mosey)

Joseph Heller (1923) was born in Brooklyn, New York. During World War II he served as a lieutenant with the United States Air Force. The characters, situations and philosophy we find in Catch-22 (1961) are based on his war-time experiences. After teaching English at a university Heller worked for ‘Time Magazine’ as an advertising writer. His first novel, Catch-22, had taken him eight years to complete. His other works are Something Happened (1972), Good as Gold (1979) and God Knows (1984).


In Catch-22 Heller presents war as an administrator’s war run by a bunch of bureaucrats and he shows the reader how absurd our world is by introducing a great many characters who are all crazy in one way or another.


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