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A Good Place To Start

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Catch-22 4
Good as Gold 1

A Bad Place To Start

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Something Happened 1
Picture This 1

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Joseph Heller (1923 - 1999)

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Fernando January 29th, 2006 11:26 AM PST

Joseph Heller is my favorite novelist, but the comment rests entirely upon Catch-22. That book was Heller's greatest work by far, and I think he hated that fact. In Now and Then, his memoir, he barely even mentions Catch-22, the book that made him famous and financially secure for the rest of his life.

eric January 29th, 2006 12:43 PM PST

I've read God Knows and Portrait of the Artist as well, and they're both strong books. Portrait is a quick read, and is exceptionally funny.

joecowley May 28th, 2007 08:58 PM PST

Catch-22 is a masterpiece. On the strength of that, I went on to read Something Happened and Good as Gold. The last two are good books, but not enough to make me want to read more of Heller. Joseph Cowley

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Joseph Heller
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Joseph Heller Born: May 1, 1923 [1]
Brooklyn, New York [1]
Died: December 12, 1999 [1]
Long Island, New York [1]
Occupation: Novelist
Genres: Fiction
Influenced: Robert Altman, Kurt Vonnegut
Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 December 12, 1999) was an American satirical novelist and playwright. He wrote the influential Catch-22 about American servicemen during World War II. It was this work whose title (which was originally Catch-18) became the term commonly used to express absurdity in choice.

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