Interesting discussion happening over at the Guardian about what happens to be an author’s best book vs. his or her best known book.
As a note, I can’t say I agree with Self’s description of Catch-22. Heller’s most famous book is a bit slow to get started perhaps in regards to its plot, but the novel enacts the sort of structured chaos involved in military service as well as the trauma and inexplicable chaos involved in war. While Catch-22 has its problems (quite a few in fact), I don’t think they’re the hundred pages Self mentions. I’m more than happy to believe him on Something Happened though. It’s a book that’s been sitting on my shelf for years now but I can never quite seem to make the time to get to it.