Now and Then Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Jew Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   Jew Nationality    -   American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   very happy    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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