Joseph Heller Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Joseph Heller Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

At first glance, Joseph Heller’s novels seem quite dissimilar. Heller’s manipulation of time and point of view in Catch-22 is dizzying; it is a hilariously macabre, almost surreal novel. Something Happened, on the other hand, is a far more muted book composed of the slow-moving, pessimistic broodings of an American business executive. Good as Gold is part remembrance of family life in the impoverished sections of Coney Island and part savage satire of contemporary American political life. Throughout Heller’s work, however, all his characters are obsessed with death and passionately searching for some means to deny, or at least stay, their mortality. Heller’s characters, like those of Saul Bellow,...

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