Catch-22: A Banned Book Review

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The novel, Catch-22, was first published in 1961 by Joseph Heller. The novel tells the story of Captain Joseph Yossarian and his attempt to avoid serving in World War II by pleading insanity. However, Yossarian is thwarted by the doctor's argument that if he were truly mad then he would endanger his life and seek to fight more missions. On the other hand, if he were sane, then he would be capable to following orders to fight more missions. Thus the phrase "catch-22  came to mean "a proviso that trips one up no matter which way one turns. 

Joseph Heller was born on May 1, 1923 to Russian immigrant parents and from an early age aspired to be a writer. When Heller was just five years old, his father died at work. Heller, his brother, and their mother had to fend for themselves, which may have given him a cynical, street-wise humor that

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