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Catch 22

Book by Joseph Heller

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A mixed package

  • Jul 1, 2010

You might not know the book but you certainly know the expression 'Catch 22' which was coined by this book. It's surprising that this book isn't more widely read but then again I'm still undecided on the book myself. The first time I read it I got a few chapters in before putting it down and leaving it for months. I eventually picked it up again and started over and I've heard stories of other people doing the same with this book.

It can be hard to get into but it's a very quirky book with a great sense of humour and I genuinely laughed several times while reading it which can be hard for a book to do to me. The book is about everything and nothing. The story is set on a non-existent island during World War II with a Bombadier called Yossarian being the main character. The book basically details the exploits of Yossarian and other characters during the army and believe me characters is definitely the right expression! If Heller does one thing right it is giving each character a unique expression from the headstrong corporals to the meek chaplain.

It can be hard to follow what happens in the book as nothing really makes sense although this really is one of the core features of the book - noone in the army knows what anyone else is doing so they all end up doing their own thing and falling over each other when mistakes are made. Everyone recognises that nobody knows what anyone is doing and yet noone knows what to do about it! It is a genuinely funny if confusing book but it can be hard to get into.


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Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
I love it, but it makes me feel old to read it.... catch-22 I guess. Lame jokes aside it's well worth the read for such a classic novel.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Hilarious but thought provoking.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This and MASH are two books everyone should read to see how sad and funny war can be, often at the same time.
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