At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war.
His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he’s committed to flying, he’s trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he’s sane and therefore, ineligible to be relieved.
About The Author
Joseph Heller was an American writer. Born in 1923 to Russian-Jewish immigrants he was raised in Brooklyn, New York. After serving as a bombardier during World War II he attended the University of Southern California and then New York University on the G.I. Bill. Earning his M.A. in English from Columbia University he then spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. Along with six novels he also wrote three screenplays, one of which was the James Bond movie Casino Royale.