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The story is told as if the reader was overhearing the spiel of Bob Slocum’s brain – recording what is going on at the office, as well as his fancies and memories that complete the story of his life.

What makes this book stand out?

The composition is Joseph Heller's wondrously inventive and controversial second novel lampooning clientele life and American culture.

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Heller created an unkindly character and made him fully human. Also, there is a multi-layered portrayal of the character.

Don't read it for

The book was first labeled as pornographic. It is not for everyone, particularly those tender to immodesty.

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