Books: Speaking About the Unspeakable

GOOD AS GOLD by Joseph Heller; Simon & Schuster; 447pages; $12.95

Joseph Heller gets more miles per novel than any other American-made author. Consider the phenomenal efficiency of Catch-22, a book that continues to run on one joke. It is the old switcheroo, best expressed by Doc Daneeka when he tells Yossarian "that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he...

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