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Catch-22 (book)

234 Ratings: 3.3
A satirical historical novel by Joseph Heller

Catch-22 is a satirical, historical novel by the American author Joseph Heller, first published in 1961. The novel, set during the later stages of World War II from 1943 onwards, is frequently cited as one of the great literary works of the twentieth … see full wiki

Author: Joseph Heller
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
24 reviews about Catch-22 (book)
review by . September 05, 2008
Heller's classic is a surreal and sprawling story of immoral naivety and moral complexity. Ostensibly about the absurdity of World War II combat, Heller examines issues of group think and individual obligation with surprising philosophical clarity.    The Catch-22 that Yossarian, the erstwhile hero of our story, encounters maddeningly and repeatedly is any insoluble contradiction, expressed in his case in this infinite loop:     A. Yossarian realizes that …
review by . May 23, 2010
Catch-22 is a hilarious satire set in wartime.  The main character, Yossarian, is a bombardier who is terrified he’ll be killed every time he goes out on a mission.  Everyone thinks he’s insane, but he is arguably the most sane character in this book.  All he sees is the futility of war.  Surprisingly, he does not approve of people in high places gambling with his life.  Heller’s style here is very unique; I haven’t read anything like it before.  …
review by . June 13, 2010
When I moved to the US and wanted to read more American literature, the novel that people recommended to me most often was not, as I had expected, Moby Dick (which few seemed to have read) but Catch-22. Now I have finally got around to reading it and (unlike with Moby Dick) was not disappointed.    The anti-hero, the anti-war sentiment and the black humor are all very characteristic of the 60s, especially 60s Britain, so it is not surprising that the novel was popular there before …
review by . June 08, 2010
This is Joseph Heller's novel about World War Two, highlighting the absurd nature of organized a "civilized" conflict.  It features a protagonist who refuses to go on missions because he believes people are "trying to kill him", an altruistic colonel who demands valor from his men as he lounges at camp, and an entrepreneur who somehow can buy eggs for 5 cents apiece and sell them for 3 at a profit (?!) (read to find out about this one).      This …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Really great satire! It's a hilarious and completely engaging read!
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Okay because of the story and the original word Heller conjured for the dictionary, but too modern. why do modern authors (since about the fifties) think that vulgarity is a required element in a story?
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
slow at the start, but keep reading!
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
heller writes well and gets his characters so involved in military snafus they cannot get out of trouble without getting into more trouble to start with
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
I LOVE the characters in this book
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Funny, just plain funny
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
One of the most amazing books I've ever read.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
classic but kinda hard read
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Funny and sharp commentary.
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Don't forget to tease your more politically correct friends about this book. It's full of stuff that today's PC-poo-poo'ers love to hate..hehehehe.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
All time favorite book. Witty, kind of confusing, but ultimately amazing!
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
One of the best and most fun critiques of war.
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
My favorite book of all time. War, comedy and well placed political insight. Simply the best.
Quick Tip by . June 05, 2010
A very important book for understanding dark humour.
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
Just like the cover says, a classic bestseller. Well worth the read and literary knowledge.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
Hilarious and clever, but hard to follow - I had to make a cheat sheet!
review by . February 09, 2010
One of, if not THE, most boring pointless books I have ever read all the way through. I did that waiting for it to get good. How is this a classic of Joseph Heller?   Style, that's the thing. He changed the way story is usually presented and a lot of people loved it I guess. I was not included with them. I tried to read this book off and on for six or seven years until I determined to plow through it. I'm glad I did. Now I have a standard of comparison for awful boring sludge. But don't …
review by . January 20, 2010
By this time everyone knows what a Catch-22 is - we're inundated with them every day - but in case you're not sure, it's a circumstance in which the very thing you need in order to get you what you want is the very thing that will prevent you from getting it. In short, it's a double bind.    The first Catch-22 ever publicized is, of course, to be found in this book. Yossarian, the protagonist and a World War II bombardier, wants his squadron doctor to certify him insane so his …
review by . July 21, 2006
For so many of us growing up in the USA, our high school teachers assigned us Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" as required reading, and I was among those assignees. I'm not sure why the requirement, other than perhaps some Catch-22 type of logic that everyone else was assigning it, so there, must be great, must read. I don't particularly remember liking the novel then, perhaps with no more substantial of a reason than -- just not my style. Reading the novel now, in midlife, my opinion (or my literary …
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