Audible Premium Plus. Cancel anytime. Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence. By: Kurt Vonnegut. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California. By: John Steinbeck , and others. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
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Fifty years after its original publication , Catch remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest - and most celebrated - novels of all time. In recent years, it has been named to "best novels" lists by Time , Newsweek , the Modern Library, and the London Observer. 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, 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. Since its publication in , no novel has matched Catch 's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. This 50th-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller's masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; personal essays on the genesis of the novel by the author; a wealth of critical responses and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers from Joseph Heller's personal archive; and a selection of advertisements from the original publishing campaign that helped turn Catch into a cultural phenomenon. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.
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Heller wanted to be a writer from an early age. While sitting at home one morning in , Heller thought of the lines, "It was love at first sight. The first time he saw the chaplain, fell madly in love with him. Within a week, he had finished the first chapter and sent it to his agent. For Heller, delineating the foolishness of war - and perhaps of bureaucracies more generally - becomes an ecstatic project. Madness runs through every exchange; absurdity informs every character. The Catch itself is bureaucratic idiocy so sublime it leaves you staring out the window with wonder. The novel is set during World War II, from to
More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. At the heart of Joseph Heller's bestselling novel, first published in , is a satirical indicement of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it. It is a tale of the dangerously sane Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive. Fiction Literature. Availability can change throughout the month based on the library's budget. You can still place a hold on the title, and your hold will be automatically filled as soon as the title is available again. The OverDrive Read format of this ebook has professional narration that plays while you read in your browser. Learn more here.