Books: Boring from Within


by JOSEPH HELLER 569 pages. Knopf. $10.

What can a writer do for an encore who has already been compared—by a critic as restrained as Robert Brustein —to. the Marx Brothers, Kingsley Amis, S.J. Perelman and Al Capp? For 13 years, ever since Catch-22 became an unparalleled publishing phenomenon and a cult book all over the world, that has been Joseph Heller's problem. His new novel, only his second, was given its present title as early as 1963. As a fabled work-in-progress, it had become a legend long before publication; with each...

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