Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this
My all-time favourite war-novel
Andy McNab, Spectator
Catch-22 gave us a right to laugh at the macabre. Laughter is a soldier's response to a lot of absurdity and the terror of it all. The military machine does the strangest things that make no sense to the rest of us.
Catch-22 is the only war novel I've ever read that makes any sense
Harper Lee, 1961
This novel is not merely the best American novel to come out of World War II; it is the best American novel that has come out of anywhere in years
Nelson Algren, The Nation, 1961
Written with brilliance. Echoes with mad laughter
An astonishing range of imagination... exciting
Graham Greene, 1961
Catch-22 is the greatest satirical work in English since Erewhon...remarkable... This is a book that I could wish everyone to read. It is a book which should help us feel more clearly
Philip Toynbee, Observer, 1962
It is the Rock and Roll of novels
To my mind, there have been two great American novels in the past fifty years. Catch-22 is one.
My favourite book is Joseph Heller's Catch-22, which captures the black farce of war.
John Pilger, Guardian
Bitterly bouncy military farce, responsible for inventing the dilemma to which it gave its name
It's a tremendously funny book, but it also makes you think..A masterpiece.
A hilarious but savage indictment of the mechanised military system that came to define the anti-Vietnam generation... Never has a book been laughed and wept over so many times. Today Heller's dazzling, surreal achievement is undimmed.
I think this is possibly the funniest book that has ever been written. I love the constant invention and the absolutely relentless energy that it has. Like all the best satirical and absurd novels, it sticks really strictly to its own bizarre logic.
Christopher Brookmyre, Daily Express
In Yossarian, Joseph Heller minted a counter-culture Everyman for the late 20th century
A wise-cracking, yarn-spinning Kafka of the Coca-Cola generation
The war novel to end all war novels
The greatest satirical work in the English language