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on 24 February 2012
I read this mainly because I was impressed by McDonald's book about American Humour, Laughing at the Darkness. This guide is aimed at a less specialist audience, but nevertheless exhibits the author's characteristically sharp critical eye. It provides an entertaining account of Heller's life, and a thoughtful, perceptive reading of his most famous book. He details the various positions critics have taken on the novel, and even has a section on those people who don't rate Catch-22 as a classic. I'd say it's the perfect book for anyone who finds this novel baffling (as I did when I read it as a teenager). It's a brilliant guide to a brilliant novel.