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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph (Paperback - 1996)
Average Rating: 1 stars out of 5.
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Presents the contemporary classic depicting the struggles of a United States airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II airbase.

Simon and Schuster
Catch-22 is like no other novel. It is one of the funniest books ever written, a keystone work in American literature, and even added a new term to the dictionary.

At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His efforts are perfectly understandable because as he furiously scrambles, thousands of people he hasn't even met are trying to kill him. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he is committed to flying, he is trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to some one dangerously sane -- a masterpiece of our time.

Authors: Heller, Joseph
Statement of Responsibility: Joseph Heller
Title: Catch-22
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 1996, c1994
Characteristics: 463 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: "With a new preface by the author"--Cover
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 Fiction
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Alternate Title: Catch-twenty-two
LCCN: 94013984
ISBN: 0684833395
9780684833392
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC H
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Sep 16, 2014
  • Alan Davies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredible book, but one that polarises people because some people just don't 'get' what Heller is doing.

Jun 19, 2014
  • navy_cat_322 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is the best book that I have ever read in my life, which is like given a real muffin to a hobo that that spends his time looking at all the pretty pictures in cook books. It is funny, sad, tragic, anti-war, and very sexy. I have not seen the movie, but I do not intend to, because there is no way in the nine circles of Hell, it will be able to rival the written words of Joesph Heller. The sequel, Closing Time is not as good, but the sexiness has been doubled. The ending is the best one I have read, because most stories end with a resounding end that all is good and evil is punished and yada yada yada. But not this. It reminds us that life is just one unsolved event overlapping with one another. Or maybe it is just multiple events happening all at once. Anyways, five out of five stars, huzzah, etc, etc, etc.

Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm finding it hard to express exactly what I think of this book. On one hand I liked the satire and the characters, some of the story was extremely funny and engaging. And on the other hand, the style of storytelling came across so repetitious as to make me wonder if the book would ever get to the point.

My two thoughts when getting to the end of the book? 'Thank goodness it's finally finished' and 'this book would have been better 10 chapters shorter'. So maybe that is exactly what I think of the book.

Mar 02, 2014
  • avratt rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Probably the single most over-rated "classic" I've ever suffered through. It seems that nonsensical has been confused with humor. I get the feeling that most of its praises come from those who have only read other praises rather than the book itself.

Jan 09, 2014
  • anthonybencivengo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Arguably the funniest novel ever written , undeniably the funniest disturbing and tragic novel ever written. Its scathing, irreverent wit cuts as cleanly today as it did 50 years ago.

A big bang of a book that keeps banging like an ammo belt tossed into a fire.

http://community.indigo.ca/posts/Claudio-DAndrea/user-578557/651646.html

Dec 06, 2013
  • miss_moneypenny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favourite book! I think the back cover copy describes it as "a nightmarish comedy" and that pretty much sums it up. It moves from dry and clever humour, through eccentrics and randomness, to heartbreak and horror.

I remember thinking I wouldn't like this when it was first recommended to me because I wasn't a fan of military fiction or books about war. I couldn't have been more wrong!

Nov 07, 2013
  • 21168035271733DDV rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. It uses Kafkaesque black humor to expose the absurdity of war, military bureaucracy and authority, but with a hilarity that Kafka did not use. The characters are carictures, as is appropriate in a book of humor, and yet they are fleshed out enough that I felt their pains and sorrows. The nonlinearity will put some readers off, but it works beautifully in getting Heller's points across. I highly recommend it.

Oct 30, 2013
  • MCinnamon rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century but to me it was repetative at times and every character seems 2 dimentional and self serving. A good editor could have gotten rid of at least 25% of this book and streamlined the story telling by not retelling of incidents of previous chapters almost exactly alike except adding a few lines of new detail, only to 50 pages later tell the episode once again and repeat almost word for word except add a new detail. I wasted too much time on 200 of the 400 page novel that were repeat. Don't believe the hype about this being a great book, its only ok. Maybe the movie is better.

Sep 10, 2013
  • madmikethb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterpiece of comedy but also very well structured. A classic.

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Oct 23, 2008
  • Dylan J. Knoll rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Oct 23, 2008
  • Dylan J. Knoll rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 06, 2013
  • miss_moneypenny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The frog is almost five hundred million years old. Could you really say with much certainty that America, with all its strength and prosperity, with its fighting man that is second to none, and with its standard of living that is highest in the world, will last as long as...the frog? ”

Jun 08, 2012
  • harkij rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The soldier who saw everything twice nodded weakly and sank back on his bed. Yossarian nodded weakly too, eyeing his talented roommate with great humility and admiration. He knew he was in the presence of a master. His talented roommate was obviously a person to be studied and emulated. During the night, his talented roommate died, and Yossarian decided that he had followed him far enough.

"I see everything once!" he cried quickly.

Jul 17, 2010
  • hippyheart rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Good morning Vietnam!

Feb 20, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Major Major had been born too late and too mediocre. Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.

Oct 23, 2008
  • Dylan J. Knoll rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

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