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Joseph Heller (1) (1923–1999)

Auteur de Catch 22

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17+ oeuvres 49,666 utilisateurs 627 critiques 120 Favoris

A propos de l'auteur

American novelist and dramatist Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 1, 1923. Heller started off his writing career by publishing a series of short stories, but he is most famous for his satirical novel Catch-22. Set in the closing months of World War II, Catch-22 tells the story of a afficher plus bombardier named Yossarian who discovers the horrors of war and its aftereffects. This novel brought the phrase "catch-22," defined in Webster's Dictionary as "a situation presenting two equally undesirable alternatives," into everyday use. Heller wrote Closing Time, the sequel to Catch-22, in 1994. Other novels include As Good As Gold and God Knows. He also wrote No Laughing Matter, an account of his struggles with Guillain-Barr Syndrome, a neurological disorder, in 1986. Thirty-five years after writing his first book, Heller wrote his autobiography, entitled Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here. In his memoirs, Heller reminisces about what it was like growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and 1940s. On December 13, 1999, Heller died of a heart attack in his home on Long Island. His last novel, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man, was published shortly after his death. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins
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Œuvres de Joseph Heller

Catch 22 (1961) 40,214 exemplaires
Something Happened (1974) 2,428 exemplaires
Closing Time (1994) 1,936 exemplaires
Good as Gold (1979) 1,440 exemplaires
Dieu sait (1984) 1,391 exemplaires
Picture This (1988) 709 exemplaires
Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man (2000) 579 exemplaires
No Laughing Matter (1986) 214 exemplaires
We Bombed in New Haven (1656) 162 exemplaires
Work (2017) 20 exemplaires
Sex and the Single Girl [1964 film] (1964) — Screenwriter — 20 exemplaires
Catch-22 : a dramatization (1957) 17 exemplaires
Conversations with Joseph Heller (1993) 6 exemplaires

Oeuvres associées

The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contributeur — 291 exemplaires
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributeur — 208 exemplaires
Catch-22 [1970 film] (1970) — Original story — 127 exemplaires
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (2014) — Contributeur — 93 exemplaires
Famous American Plays of the 1960s (1972) — Contributeur — 63 exemplaires
Catch-22 [2019 TV mini-series] (2019) — Original story — 15 exemplaires
New world writing : seventh Mentor selection (1955) — Contributeur — 8 exemplaires
The Best American Short Stories 1949 (1949) — Contributeur — 7 exemplaires
The best of Playboy fiction, Volume 7 (1997) — Contributeur — 1 exemplaire


Partage des connaissances

Nom légal
Heller, Joseph
Date de naissance
Date de décès
Lieu de naissance
Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA
Lieu du décès
East Hampton, New York, USA
Cause du décès
heart attack
Lieux de résidence
New York, New York, USA
East Hampton, New York, USA
University of Southern California
New York University (BA ∙ 1948)
Columbia University (MA ∙ 1949 ∙ English)
Oxford University (St. Catherine's College)
Abraham Lincoln High School
university teacher
advertising industry
Heller, Ted (son)
Heller, Erica (daughter)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1977)
Pennsylvania State University
US Army Air Force (WWII)
Prix et distinctions
Fulbright Fellowship (1949-50)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (1963)
Candida Donadio
Courte biographie
Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 – December 12, 1999) was an American author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays. His best-known work is the novel Catch-22, a satire on war and bureaucracy, whose title has become a synonym for an absurd or contradictory choice.

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. In 1961, he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as Good as Gold, God Knows, Picture This, Closing Time (the sequel to Catch-22), and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in December 1999.



63. Something Happened by Joseph Heller à Backlisted Book Club (Mars 2022)


Success has a catch. A catch that prevents success. Decision makers create conditions for success, but the moment the conditions are met by someone, there are other conditions that prevent their fulfillment. The very conditions for success, prevent success. The fulfillment of goals, requires them to be perpetually unfulfilled. There is always a catch. These paradoxical claims are usually used by those in authority, which inspire arbitrary decisions, that leads to benefiting the authority at the expense of their subordinates. Playing by their rules means preventing one’s own success. Not playing by their rules, still prevent one’s own success.

During World War 2, Yossarian is part of the Air Force, and tries as much as possible not to fly any more missions. Everyone needs to fly a certain number of missions, but everyone has already flown more missions than initially intended. The number of missions keeps increasing, as they keep matching the number. Making everyone think that they are going home, and demoralizing them when the goal changes. Flying more missions is crazy and those deemed crazy do not need to fly more missions. But if someone knows that and does not want to fly, they are considered sane and therefore need to fly more missions.

The book can be difficult to read, in part because the writing lacks flow, but also because it can be hard to keep up with the paradoxes. Difficult for the characters, and the reader, to know what the paradoxical decisions mean, and how to overcome them. There is a humor to the claims and decisions, but given the context, it is usually tragic humor.
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Eugene_Kernes | 528 autres critiques | Jun 4, 2024 |
theveggies | 528 autres critiques | May 27, 2024 |
This book is a treasure trove of flagrant incompetence. The 1961 book: Catch 22 could be said to be an extended illustration of [b:The Peter Principle|890728|The Peter Principle|Laurence J. Peter||875969], which was published in 1969. It seems like everyone in the unit is incompetent. They each have misguided goals that seldom align with the organization goals. The book describes interactions between them, not the German enemy.

The first few chapters are people talking nonsense past each other, frequently there long conversations that are deliberate misunderstandings of simple communication. It seems as if everyone hates and fears everyone else in their unit.

After reading it for a while, I found myself falling into the same miscommunication patterns that they were using. That almost caused me to stop reading, but it is so highly rated by other people that I kept on in hopes that it would get better. It only got marginally better.

I struggled to give it a rating of 3 stars, but after reading more decided to give it 2 stars, which feels more appropriate for a book where nonsense, misunderstanding, belittlement, mayhem, and rage are the standard fare. Lies, including blatant lies are the order of the day. Consequences are rare, random, and often applied to the innocent with truth being totally irrelevant. Meanness to each other and misdeeds are followed by more misdeeds. This book only serves as an example of doing things wrong.

With military like this, it’s amazing that we won the war. But then, this purports to be a work of fiction. Doesn’t it? A review of [b:The True Story of Catch 22: The Reality that Inspired one of the Great Classics in American Literature|45486006|The True Story of Catch 22 The Reality that Inspired one of the Great Classics in American Literature|Patricia Chapman Meder||70264505] caused me to read Catch-22.

The front material and the after material caught my interest more than the book.

I am delighted that I did not purchase a copy of this book.
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bread2u | 528 autres critiques | May 15, 2024 |
"Did not like it" is awfully generous. Zero stars "I hated it" is more accurate.
This is a sexist, misogynistic waste of paper!
mamalovesfour | 528 autres critiques | Apr 26, 2024 |


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