-Catch 22 – 50th Anniversary Edition
-Closing Time

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Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a
cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most
celebrated—books of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best
novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story
of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is
furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill
him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which
keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete
their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from
the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22,
a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if
he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he
makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and
therefore ineligible to be relieved.

Closing Time:

In Closing Time, Joseph Heller returns to the characters of Catch-22,
now coming to the end of their lives and the century, as is the entire
generation that fought in World War II: Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder,
the chaplain, and such newcomers as little Sammy Singer and giant Lew,
all linked, in an uneasy peace and old age, fighting not the Germans
this time, but The End. Closing Time deftly satirizes the
realities and the myths of America in the half century since WWII: the
absurdity of our politics, the decline of our society and our great
cities, the greed and hypocrisy of our business and culture — with the
same ferocious humor as Catch-22.