Catch 22 – by Joseph Heller

The tragicomic 1961 anti-war novel that sprang from Heller’s real life experiences as a W.W. II bombardier that mystified and offended many.

Catch-22 follows Captain John Yossarian in his missions as a bombardier in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Yossarian only wishes to survive the madness of war. He’s convinced that everyone is trying to kill him, where everyone really is, in war. Yossarian tries to survive the dangerous missions he flies, while Colonel Cathcart continues to increase the number of missions his menust complete.

The novel does not move in chronological order, but involves a series of flashbacks. The first part concentrates on the present, the second part on the Siege of Bologna, the third part returns to the present, the fourth centers on Milo’s actions, and finally on Yossarian escaping from the military with his life.

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A Patchwork Planet – by Anne Tyler

New York Times best seller tells the story of Barnaby Gaitlin, a young failure who suffers from more than his share of misfortune. Barnaby’s life has gone down hill since he was caught robbing neighborhood homes as a teenager. Against the wishes of his father, his social climbing mother, his chilly ex-wife and his overbearing brother, Barnaby now works for a company called Rent-a-Back, doing odd jobs for the elderly.

He waits, without hope, for a visit from the Gaitlin angel, who suggested to Barnaby’s great-grandfather to invent the wooden dress form that made his family rich. He finds his angel but perhaps not where he expects. He believes his angel is 36-year-old Sophia.

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Clarissa Dalloway goes around London getting ready to host a party that evening. She wonders about her choice of husband; she married the reliable Richard Dalloway instead of the enigmatic and demanding Peter Walsh, and she “had not the option” to be with Sally Seton. Peter reintroduces these conflicts by paying a visit that morning.

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The groundbreaking modern novel Mrs. Dalloway creates a portrait of a single day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway as she arranges the last-minute details of grandiose party. Before Virginia Woolf wrote this masterpiece, she explored in a series of fascinating stories a similar revelry in the mental and physical excitement of a party. Wonderfully captivating, Mrs. Dalloway’s Party creates a portrait of what Woolf called “party consciousness.” Parallel to of the themes of Mrs. Dalloway, these stories provide a valuable window into Woolf’s mind and a further testament to her extraordinary genius.

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incredible rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous men in Britain.

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Armed with her good looks and determination, she secures a job at Drury Lane as a wardrobe mistress, while she moonlighted as a model for artists George Romney and Joshua Reynolds. Working at a brothel soon followed, then stag parties hosted by aristocrats like Sir Harry of Uppark, who got her pregnant and then passed her off to Charles Grenville of Paddington. After Grenville grows tired of her, she is handed off to his uncle, Sir William Hamilton, who lavished her with riches and actually married her, making her a lady.

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Reginald Sellers, a pompous painter, criticises Alan’s work harshly, and Annette defends him, but soon regrets her cruelty towards Reginald. Sellers finds some success, selling several paintings to a Glasgow millionaire named Bates, and continues to lord it over his less achieving neighbour.

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