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Joseph Heller


I confess that when at University, and I began to have serious thoughts of being a writer, in my darker moments I would happily fantasize that my first novel would be heralded ‘The Catch-22 for the 21st Century.’ Ahem. Reading it then over a decade ago, I couldn’t believe how it was possible for one book to contain so much flare and elan. So it was with trepidation that I re-read it recently, after stumbling across the beautiful Vintage hardback special edition, the discovery of which in the library, prompted a must-have consumer sequence. I have to say that my respect for it has only deepened. Boy oh boy, could this man write. The sentences are both hardworking and effortless, the humour slicing, and the satire perfectly pointed. Okay, so it is not a perfect book, but it doesn’t have to be, because its good parts are so searchingly higher than anything else you’ll read for a long time, if not ever. If you are serious about novels, I don’t think that not reading this work is an option. It is a brilliant example of the art-form.


Anthony Burgess


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