Catch-22: A Novel
Catch-22 is one of this century's greatest works of American literature. First published m 1961, Joseph Heller's profound and compelling novel has appeared on nearly every list of must read fiction. It is a classic in every sense of the word.
Catch-22 took the war novel genre to a new level, shocking us with its clever and disturbing style. Set in a World War II American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of John Yossarian, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Yossarian is also trying to decode the meaning of Catch-22, a mysterious regulation that proves that insane people are really the sanest, while the supposedly sensible people are the true madmen. And this novel is full of madmen -- Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly m order to finish their tour; Milo Minderbinder, a dedicated entrepreneur who bombs his own airfield when the Germans offer him an extra 6 percent; Major Major Major, whose tragedy in life is that he resembles Henry Fonda; and Major -- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding no one has dared ask his name.
No novel before or since has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.
Nearly forty years later, Yossarian lives.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mirikayla - LibraryThing
I've thought about this for a long time, and I'm still not sure what to say about it. It took me nearly five months to read, and I think the only other book I've ever spent so long reading (without ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
One of the best anti-war books ever written - mostly because it is told with such biting humor and wit. There have been many written, but few with a sense of hilarity that succeeds in making the point that much more compelling. For showing us that zany, chaotic aspect of war, Heller is my hero. Read full review