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"Dark, rude, paradoxical - and hilarious" Mail on Sunday "Dark, rude, paradoxical - and hilarious" Mail on Sunday "The satire comes closer than ever before to home, both in terms of Heller's own background and the state of his nation" Independent "The satire comes closer than ever before to home, both in terms of Heller's own background and the state of his nation" Independent
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.
Interesting story, Jewish point of view, criticism on politics, great humor, the hero develops during the story.Published 2 months ago by Tamara Gottesman
"Good as Gold" is pretty much as good as Heller gets in the rarefied air of "Catch 22" and "Something Happened. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wordsworth
It was odd and brilliant at the same time. I really enjoyed reading it and about the slice of Jewish American urban life in the 1970s.Published 14 months ago by kendall wigoda
I think it's a shame that Heller's books don't get more attention. This is a fantastic spin on ethnicity, family, politics and wealth. Read morePublished 18 months ago by canonizer
I am not sure if it is because I am not American, not Jewish or simply not smart enough, but I had no idea what message Heller was trying to give in this rambling book with no... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by RalphJ
The funniest book ever written, but also a touching and meaningful one. It is about the price -- and ultimately the futility -- of escaping from the old neighborhood. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Jonathan Karp
This would have made a brilliant 20-page short story. Instead, it ballooned into a 450 page novel.
I found the beginning quite clever and funny, with an odd mix of... Read more
Joseph Heller hit it out of the park with this book! As a career military Soldier, I loved Catch 22, so when I came across this book I knew I had to have it. Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Jeffery Bott
If being being Jewish in American means being immature, spiteful, and rude to your family, that doesn't make this book any less obnoxious. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by J. Laydbak