Catch 22

Catch 22 Joseph Heller
  • Title: Catch 22
  • Author: Joseph Heller
  • ISBN: 9780552097550
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Catch 22 Joseph Heller Catch At the heart of Catch resides the incomparable malingering bombardier Yossarian a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war His problem is Colonel
    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 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 missioAt 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 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 s committed to flying, he s trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the 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 s sane and therefore, ineligible to be relieved.
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    About Joseph Heller


    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia Even as a child, he loved to write at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next year working as a blacksmith s apprentice, a messenger boy, and a filing clerk In 1942, at age 19, he joined the U.S Army Air Corps Two years later he was sent to Italy, where he flew 60 combat missions as a B 25 bombardier Heller later remembered the war as fun in the beginning You got the feeling that there was something glorious about it On his return home he felt like a hero People think it quite remarkable that I was in combat in an airplane and I flew sixty missions even though I tell them that the missions were largely milk runs See also enpedia wiki Joseph_H


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    1. I have attempted to read this book on two separate occasions and I couldn t get beyond 100 pages either time I do believe that this has to do with me than the book and I plan on making a third attempt at some point in the future Currently it sits on my bookshelf and sometimes when I have a few too many beers we have a talk.Me Hi.Catch 22 Oh, hi.Me How are you feeling Catch 22 I ve been better.Me Don t be upset It s not you It s me.Catch 22 I know that.Me My friends tell me I m an idiot for endi [...]

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    2. A shiny new batch of awesome for my all time favorite shelf It has been awhile since I ve so throughly enjoyed reading a novel that has, at the same time, left me as intellectually awestruck as Joseph Heller s classic sermon on the insanity of war What a sublime, literary feast To prepare 1 Start with a surrealistic, Kafkaesque worldview basted in chaos 2 Knead in a plot reminiscent of Pynchon, taking particular care that the bizarre, placidly disjointed surface fully camouflages the powerfully [...]

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    3. I suffered through about 60 pages, and finally put it down I very rarely ever leave a book unfinished The author narrates and introduces us to Yossarian, who does not want to fly in the war I get that I get the whole catch 22 scenerio You have to be insane to fly the plane If you can get a dr to say you are insane, you wont have to fly But in order to tell a dr that you are insane, this actually means you are sane So you must continue to fly which makes you insane blah blah blah.What I couldnt g [...]

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    4. You mean there s a catch Sure there s a catch, Doc Daneeka replied Catch 22 Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn t really crazy 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 missions Orr would be crazy to fly miss [...]

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    5. Hmm, where to start with a book like this one A book that is a third Kafka, a third Vonnegut, a third Pynchon and completely insane For the first 200 or 250 pages, it is like a broken record or a movie loop with Sisyphus rolling that boulder up a hill in American WWII battle fatigues and a flight suit and a Mae West life preserver sans the inflation module thanks the MM Enterprises Then, when the flak starts flying and the blood is splattered everywhere it is intense right up until the end.It fe [...]

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    6. The following is an example of how many conversations in this book took place.Jen I didn t like this book.Nigel Why didn t you like the book Jen I did like the book.Nigel You just said you didn t like the book.Jen No I didn t.Nigel You re lying.Jen I don t believe in lying.Nigel So you never lie Jen Oh yes, I lie all the time.Nigel You just said you don t believe in it.Jen I don t believe in it, Jen said as she ate a chocolate covered cotton ball.Nigel Well I liked the book.Jen Fabulous I liked [...]

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    7. I have had Catch 22 on my bookshelf for years It was one of those novels that I ve said, oh I ll get around to that in 2012 It didn t happen Maybe 2013 Nope And so on until just a couple of days ago I ve got to stop putting books off Rarely has a piece of literature ticked so many of my boxes Satire, farce, gallows humour, irreverence, it s as if this book were written entirely for me I loved every word on every page of this book I cannot find a single miniscule fault anywhere within the narrati [...]

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    8. Insanity is contagious Like so many other works of originally absurd or dystopian character, this classic catches up with reality faster than I can process When I first shared Yossarian s frustration over the perfect catch, I did so in a quite abstract way, enjoying the intellectual game the novel kept me engaged in Now I find myself frequently thinking of his pain as something I experience myself, every day, reading news and listening to the authorities that are in charge to rule the world If y [...]

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    9. I m not sure if it s a talent or an affliction, but I ve been blessed or cursed with a penchant for taking someone else s creative work and extrapolating it to skewed extremes That explains my yet to be published collection of fan fiction, unauthorized sequels, and twists in perspective I first discovered this talent affliction as a boy when I imagined a fourth little pig who leveraged himself to the hilt, built a luxury skyscraper, and, with YUGE block letters at its base, labelled it Pig Tower [...]

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    10. Catch 22 reminds me a lot of those comedy tragedy masks you know the ones that are supposed to represent like, fine theater or something Not that I m comparing Catch 22 to some great Italian opera All I m saying is that the book oscillates cleverly between the absurdly humorous and the grievingly tragic.So it starts off on the hilarious side Here s a bit that had me giggling aloud rather embarrassingly, I might add, as I was surrounded by other people at the time The colonel dwelt in a vortex of [...]

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    11. This book was utterly misrepresented to me before I read it For some reason I d always thought it had been published the same year as Pynchon s Gravity s Rainbow and was considered as representing the other fork of post World War II American literature apart from Pynchon s this the conventional, plot driven one catering to stupid people Some professor or some didact must have told me that, enrroenously as it turns out, once Catch 22 predates the Pynchon masterpeice by 15 years, and is in style a [...]

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    12. ooof exhausting story I will get back to it later in 2050 perhaps.Finally finished on 4 February 2012 not 2050 p I did it I finished it I finished the book.And I am alive The review This book is pure unadulterated madness There is a harem of characters and all of them are crazy And not just silly crazy like annoying crazy Milo, Aarfy, Whitcomb, these characters will make you want to either shoot them, or shoot yourself The missions are crazy, Doc Danneka is crazy The plot is crazy The execution [...]

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    13. Catch 22, Joseph Heller 22 2001 1378 806 9649049304 20 22 1393 552 9789642092000 22 1394 518 9786002295613 22 22 22 1942 .52 .

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    14. I really do admire you a bit You re an intelligent person of great moral character who has taken a very courageous stand I m an intelligent person with no moral character at all, so I m in an ideal position to appreciate it Colonel Korn, Catch 22I really appreciate it when a book respects the intelligence of its readership If a book is going to be experimental in any way, I love those that throw you into a world with no explanations a literary baptism of fire ie Orwell s Animal Farm Catch 22 is [...]

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    15. Years ago, while I was unsuccessfully searching for a job in the Middle East, I met a career consultant How do I land a job in the Middle East I asked Well, for that you need experience, he told me, scratching his chin But I have eighteen years of experience I protested That may be so, he said What I meant was you need Gulf experience But I can t get that unless I get a job in the Gulf, I pointed out Yes, I know He said serenely You see, that s the catch

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    16. Hands down, this is the funniest book I ve ever read Some of Heller s sentences are so witty and hilarious that I had to not only laugh out loud, but set the book down after trying to continue on and laugh out loud some to fully appreciate all the wit That being said, the style of humor gets old After a while, it feels like reading Seinfeld screenplays for hours on end.The crazy ironic predicaments Yosarian, the focal character, finds himself in are pure genius And some of the subplots in this [...]

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    17. Absurdist plays are one act for a reason Seriously, I know there were points to make about the repetitive ridiculousness of bureaucracy war capitalism life, but over 450 pages of variations on the Catch 22 joke I did find myself affected than I would have guessed by some of the deaths, and some of the lines were clearly awesome.Underlined bits In a world in which success was the only virtue, he had resigned himself to failure 277, about the Chaplain Because he needed a friend so desperately, he [...]

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    18. A word of warning the following has to do with my life than it has to do with the novel Catch 22 If you don t give a fig about me then just skip this.As I mentioned in my note about War with the Newts, 1985 was the worst year of my life I was a deeply depressed eighteen year old My parents tried their best to help me For my mom this meant finding me the best counselling possible, and for my dad this meant showing me that the world itself was crazy and I was quite right to feel alienated from it [...]

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    19. Catch 22 If you are crazy, insane, then you are grounded from flying any combat missions However, if you apply for this status, then you are deemed to be too rational to be insane, so you are denied the request That s the gist of the idea, and it is so applicable to so many situations in life that the term has been added into our everyday language Catch 22 is a satire, but not just any satire it is the mother of all satires And it doesn t just poke at the US military, it pokes at everyone, every [...]

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    21. Maybe there s a reason this book is usually required high school reading it reads like it was written by a 17 year old Someone who clearly finds himself to be hilarious, and no one ever had the heart to tell him differently.I never felt for any of the characters, I never laughed, I never cried In fact, half way through the book I couldn t take it any, so I skipped ahead to the last chapter and yet it still made sense I m sorry, but if nothing happens in the second half of a book to impact the en [...]

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    22. Never have I been pulled through the entire spectrum of emotion quite as enjoyably as this, with Heller ingeniously switching tones on a dime with a magician s charm One moment I was laughing like a fool, and the next I was clenching my jaw with agony at the horrors of the war thankfully for my taste, Heller leaned on the comedic optimistic side Reading Catch 22 was sort of like watching a brilliantly shining coin flipping through a majestic parabola in slow motion, with one side representing l [...]

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    23. I realize that CATCH 22 is said to be one of the greatest literary works of the twentieth century, but it was just not my cup of tea I found it confusing at first and when I did sort out the storyline, had to force myself to stay with the repetition of it all Still worth 3 Stars though for its uniqueness If you want to read a dark satire about the atrocities of war where a U.S Army bombardier fights to retain his sanity in a world of contradictions, this 1961 classic is for you.

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    24. E YOSSARIAN PRESE IL FUCILE NEL MATTATOIO N 6Romanzo manifesto dell antimilitarismo, col tempo diventato l emblema dell assurdit e della demenza militare, e il suo titolo, che oltre al comma intende una trappola, un tranello, diventato uno slogan Eccolo qui il famoso comma 22 solo chi pazzo pu chiedere di essere esentato dalle missioni di volo, ma chi chiede di essere esentato dalle missioni di volo non pazzo Che magnifico paradosso L affermazione di un principio e l immediata negazione dello st [...]

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    25. Insanity is contagious O man, it s really crazy I doubt if I could say anything revealing about Catch 22 It s been ages I read it for the first time and it was like a breath of fresh air in a stale room If you grew up in an oppressive country where mediocrity was a virtue and a lot of stuff banned, where many situations felt like infamous Catch 22, when it was safer just not saying about some things reading such absurd and grotesque stories allowed you, paradoxically, keep your common sense and [...]

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    26. Worst book I ve ever had the misfortune to pick up My dad warned me that this book was lower on the evolution scale than a wet turd, but I thought I d try it anyway I hated this with every fibre in my body and with any luck the book will just crawl away and die The characters were obnoxious, moronic gits who I hoped would all die at the hands of Jason Vorhees very soon and there was no way I d ever connect with that idiot who was meant to be our beloved hero The dialogue was incomprehensible cra [...]

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    27. 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 substantial of a reason than just not my style Reading the novel now, in midlife, my opinion or my literary style has cha [...]

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    28. This is a re read as part of an occasional foray back to favourites from the past.Bought in 1981 it predates college, career, my wife, my children My copy is a little battered, the spine sunburnt from a vivid red to a light pink The pages are liver spotted and the book has that musty old bookshop smell It has followed me from my parents home, to college and on to five addresses in Cambridge I have read this book many times, but had not touched it for several years.Yossarian is a bombardier in th [...]

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    29. This book is so true, it s ridiculous This book is so false, it s maddening.Yossarian, our unlikely hero along with his fellow bedmates in a military hospital and later with his platoon , lives amidst shelling, explosions, flying body parts and one very bonkers mess cook He s an escapist, a realist, a leader and in cases even a pervert turned wannabe saviour He is mad and then logical, depraved and then conscientious but all throughout you shall love him.Catch22 is ingenious, hilarious even thou [...]

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