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We Bombed In New Haven

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The first of Heller's plays. Published in 1968.
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published August 1968 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Adam Floridia
This is not nearly as entertaining as Catch-22 (but then again, little is). There were a few great laugh-out-loud moments towards the beginning, but humor is not sustained throughout.

The reason I "really liked it" is that I would have to classify it as the first postmodern play I have ever read. In many ways, it is a meta-play--the actors address the audience, acknowledge that they are actors, and Heller even has them use their real names. This reinforces the idea that soldiers at war are more o
Not much difference between this and Heller's own dramatization of "Catch 22," but he is incapable of writing unamusing dialogue (at least, he was until the forced absurdist-lite exchanges in "Good As Gold" and subsequent output)
May 14, 2011 Jon rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: plays
Same territory as Heller's Catch-22. I couldn't finish -- an extreme rarity for me. Hasn't aged well, but in my opinion also suffers from same broad surrealism that makes Catch-22 hard going at times.
Feb 10, 2008 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is frustrated with politics
Heller had a crystal ball when he wrote this. He wrote dialogue for his military commanders that perfectly blends omnipotence and incompetence.
One of the most important plays ever written. See it, if you can, it makes a hell of a difference. You cannot leave the theater unchanged.
Albert Dubreuil

Just what you'd expect of a war play written in 1968 that breaks the fourth wall nonstop.
Danielle Lee
Hilarious and quirky play by Joseph Heller.
Ed Patterson that I live in CT - boom!
One of my very favorite plays. It is unquestionably Heller's unique style and overflowing with sarcasm and ripe with critisims of war and politics. I find it especially meaningful today in regard to this global theater where we see war and death and disease every night on the televison, but as long as it doesn't effect us, who really cares? All the world's a stage. . .
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Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia. Even as a child, he loved to write; at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland. He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next ye
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