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The author of the book: Joseph Heller
Language: English
ISBN: 0394407857
ISBN 13: 9780394407852
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 841 KB
Edition: Alfred A. Knopf
Date of issue: August 1968
Reader ratings: 4.3
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This is not nearly as entertaining as Catch-22 (but then again, little is). There were a few great laugh-out-loud moments towards the beginning, but humor is not sustained throughout.

The reason I "really liked it" is that I would have to classify it as the first postmodern play I have ever read. In many ways, it is a meta-play--the actors address the audience, acknowledge that they are actors, and Heller even has them use their real names. This reinforces the idea that soldiers at war are more often than not just kids surreally playing in an all too real environment. In war, like in a play, life loses its value; orders are followed without regard to reason or logic; the vast majority of people sit idly by while sons are sent off to die. Like today, war is no more real for most people than a play--we go on with our daily lives unaffected by the young men being sent to their slaughter for often immoral, or at best ambiguous, reasons. Becuase of the unique nature of the play, it is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. The setting is "always present, the exact day and time the play is being performed [in:] the theater city and counry in which the play is performed." Talk about timeless.

It is a play I would very much like to see performed.

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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."

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