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Joesph Heller, the author of Catch-22, was in the hospital for months with a rare autoimmune condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome, in which the patient turns paralyzed for days, weeks, or longer, and this is the story of his sickness and convalescence. Co-written with a friend of his, Speed Vogel, so each chapter switches point of view.

What makes this book stand out?

The reader gets a peek into Heller's individual life, so it's fun to see famous characters pop in and out of the book. If you're a Heller fan, you'll find this captivating on a number of levels.

Read it for

It's a story - told by Heller and his longtime friend Speed Vogel - about friendship, human infirmity, and the casual victory of laughter

Don't read it for

The second-by-second account is long-winded and wearying to muff through.

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