|Plot Summary of Now and Then|
|"Now and Then is Joseph Heller's life in words. He talks about his early days in Coney Island as a Jewish boy. He also talks about his service in World War II and the many people who inspired his best-selling book, Catch-22. It tells the wonderful story of his life from beginning to end."
Ali, Resident Scholar
|"Heller looks back on his life -- mostly, his childhood in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn among a melange of other ethnic immigrants and religions. Although the film touches on his work as a blacksmith assistant in the Navy Yards in Virginia, then service in World War II, and some lessons of psychotheraphy, this memoir is mostly about his family and youth: calm, accepting, and generous."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Now and Then|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
- New York
- fort/military installation
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
- very happy
Is book humorous?
Commentary on society?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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