Something Happened – Joseph Heller (1974) (inscribed by author)


Something Happened – Joseph Heller (1974) (inscribed by author)


Title: Something Happened

Author: Joseph Heller

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. First and second printings before publication.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Near fine. Very slight foxing. Inscribed by the author on ffep. 569pp.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

Something Happened is Joseph Heller’s second novel (published in 1974, thirteen years after Catch-22). Its main character and narrator is Bob Slocum, a businessman who engages in a stream of consciousness narrative about his job, his family, his childhood, his sexual escapades, and his own psyche.

While there is an ongoing plot about Slocum preparing for a promotion at work, most of the book focuses on detailing various events from his life, ranging from early childhood to his predictions for the future, often in non-chronological order and with little if anything to connect one anecdote to the next. Near the end of the book, Slocum starts worrying about the state of his own sanity as he finds himself hallucinating or remembering events incorrectly, suggesting that some or all of the novel might be the product of his imagination, making him an unreliable narrator.

Something Happened has failed to achieve the renown of Catch-22 but has a cult following, with some considering it one of Heller’s finest works.

About the author (from Wikipedia):

Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 – December 12, 1999) was an American author of novels, short stories, plays and screenplays. His best-known work is the novel Catch-22, a satire on war and bureaucracy, whose title has become a synonym for an absurd or contradictory choice.