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"It is splendidly put together and hypnotic to read. It is as clear and hard-edged as a cut diamond. Mr. Heller's concentration and patience are so evident on every page that one can only say that "Something Happened" is at all points precisely what he hoped it would be" -- New York Times Kurt Vonnegut "I used to think Catch-22 was my best novel until I read Kurt Vonnegut's review of Something Happened. Now I think Something Happened is." Joseph Heller --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a bombardier in the Second World War and then attended New York University and Columbia University and then Oxford, the last on a Fullbright scholarship. He then taught for two years at Pennsylvania State University, before returning to New York, where he began a successful career in the advertising departments of Time, Look and McCall's magazines. It was during this time that he had the idea for Catch-22. Working on the novel in spare moments and evenings at home, it took him eight years to complete and was first published in 1961. His second novel, Something Happened was published in 1974, Good As Gold in 1979 and Closing Time in 1994. He is also the author of the play 'We Bombed in New Haven'. Joseph Heller died in 1999. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Really, I ask myself every now and then, depending on how well or poorly things are going with Green at the office or at home with my wife, or with my retarded son, or with my... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Vlad Stankaninets
This book was one of the most difficult I've read in recent memory. It can truly be considered literature rather than pop fiction. Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by Locopelli
Something Happened was not a terrible book...it just didn't fit my expectations of it. When I pick up a Heller book to read, I look forward to enjoying the wit displayed in it. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003
Easily one of the most frustrating books I've read, Something Happened is a lengthy monologue about life given by an assumedly prototypical middle-class, mid-range executive in... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003 by Jeff Pariser
This book is simply one of the most amazing, unsung works of modern american fiction.Published on Aug. 23 2002 by Gordon Mcdonald
Many of us, I'm sure, at one point or another in time have lived a life very similar to that of Heller's main character, Bob Slocum. Read morePublished on May 21 2002 by BDH
The second chapter of this book, The Office In Which I Work, begins as follows:
"In the office in which I work, there are five people of whom I am afraid. Read more
As others before me noted, a more accurate title for this 500 page novel would be "Nothing Happened. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2001