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"Joseph Heller" - Writer of "Catch-22"
"Catch-22" is a fictional novel set near the end of World War 2 that mainly follows Capt. John Joeseph Yossarian and his exploits to try and escape the Unites States Military. He comes close on several occasions but is always stopped by one thing...catch-22. A catch-22 is basically a no win situation that seems to contradict itself, but is ultimately true. For example, to be grounded from the war one has to be crazy; all you have to do is personally ask to be grounded. The only problem is that a person who asks to be grounded can't possibly be crazy and as such cannot be grounded. This is the type of logic that the follows the entire book, which makes it seem to be set almost in a world of it's own. It manages to be side splittingly hilarious at one moment and heart wrenchingly bleak the next. Without a doubt, "Catch-22" is the defining novel of the World War 2 era
Written by: Keith Seaton