Catch-22

Catch-22

[a Novel]

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2004
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780684833392
0684833395
Branch Call Number: F HEL 2004 NVD
Characteristics: 463 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Catch twenty-two

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Yossarian feels a homicidal impulse to machine gun total strangers. Isn't that crazy?


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johnbacich
Jul 17, 2017

I've often felt there are some things in life that are a litmus test for having a bright mind and this book is one of them. It's in my top ten list of the greatest novels of all time.

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darcyhudjik
Mar 28, 2017

This book has the most hilarious dialogue, circular arguments, and the like. I definitely recommend it.

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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

This book is absolute genius, although it may take more than one read to fully appreciate it as such. Joseph Heller spent TEN YEARS writing it, and I can honestly say that each time I read it (just finished re-reading it for the 4th time) I discover new connections that I didn't realize were there before. Often cited as the best book of the 20th century, Catch-22 is incredible. Check out squeedunk.net/catch-22 for a literary analysis of the book, and an annotated bibliography.

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chadwickh
Oct 05, 2016

Very witty and entertaining. I got a little tired of the wit toward the end.

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lmshaw00
Jun 24, 2016

The beginning was enjoyable and thought provoking, but the end seemed to get lost down its own rabbit hole.

leonyin Apr 23, 2016

I can't remember another book that made me lose it in public. I wish it never ended.

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thecouve
Feb 21, 2016

Brilliant! Dark , funny and well ahead of its time. I most certainly will purchase this book for my shelves so I can read it again. A true classic that just made my best of list!

CMLibrary_akeller Jan 19, 2016

I understand why people like this book and the purpose behind it and what he is saying about war and stuff like that. However, I personally did not really like this book. I didn't care about any of the characters (except maybe the chaplain) and some of the characters made me frustrated. I couldn't care less about what Yossarian was trying to accomplish or whatever. This book was just not for me.

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_FizZ_
Dec 29, 2015

Not a bad book. The begginning is trash but it gets way better at the middle and is good by the end. I think the book was a bit milked out and couldve been shorter. I bet the author was thinking, "i need to make this book longer so it looks good." So he made it an extra ~10 chapters long of repetitous mumbo jumbo that nobody cares about. Really? But other then that, funny, sad, and wierd at other times. I reccomend it, but remember, the first part of the book is super boring. Get through that, and you should enjoy the book.
#GiveMolly(>^-^)>

Indigo_Cobra_8 Feb 21, 2015

BELIEVE THIS REVIEWS: this book is gold. So sad and funny and emotional and silly. There is darkness, but there is also light and so much hope. :))) I know it took me 29 pages to get into it and for others longer. Please struggle through the beginning, the book is worth it!

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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

"it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything."

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miss_moneypenny
Dec 06, 2013

“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? ”

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harkij
Jun 08, 2012

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.

hippyheart Jul 17, 2010

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Good morning Vietnam!

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DavidB
Feb 20, 2009

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.

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Dylan J. Knoll
Oct 23, 2008

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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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are several scenes that depict a bombardier dying from shrapnel in gruesome detail.

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Dylan J. Knoll
Oct 23, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Dylan J. Knoll
Oct 23, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

Set in the midst of World War II, Catch-22 is a satirical novel about the folly of humanity and the bureaucratic lunacies that exist throughout society. (Check out squeedunk.net/catch-22 for all things catch-22)

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