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Summary · Catch 22 105 ð [KINDLE] ❄ Catch 22 By Joseph Heller – Fifty years after its original publication Catch 22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time In recent years it has been named to Fifty years after its original publication Catch remains a corEuest to be removed from duty he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relievedThis fiftieth anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer Alfred Kazin Anthony Burgess and others rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller’s personal archive and much Here at last is the definitive edition of a classic of world literatu. I originally read this about 15 years ago When I joined Goodreads and added the books I had previously read I remembered it as a 3 star book I am not sure if it is being 15 years older or the fact that I did the audiobook this time but it was easily 5 stars nowThe first thing that came to mind after I was a few chapters into this was the show “Seinfeld” Always touted as a show about nothing this book was kind of about nothing It is series of smaller anecdotes usually somewhat silly that really don’t have a specific function in moving the plot It is a satire about war red tape chain of command etc and the inherent futility involved While war and the tragedy that goes with it are usually not considered amusing this feels like a therapeutic tongue in cheek poke that needed to be made to maintain sanityThere are a plethora of characters – some of which are caricatures – that may get your head spinning at first Luckily Heller gives them all memorable names which helps keep them organized easily Maybe that was not his intention but when you need to remember if it was Milo Minderbender or Major Major Major Major yes that is his name – my spell check did not like me repeating a word four times who did something the reader is definitely given naming tools to keep them connectedI mentioned that there is not necessarily an overall story but there are definitely themes One is doing what is best for you no matter who gets stepped on in the process Another is twisting the facts to make sure the ultimate outcome is what works best for you And of course the BIG idea that has become a common collouialism I know I use it just about every day is the situation of Catch 22 Early in the book the first example of Catch 22 is that if you say you want to fly bombing missions you must be crazy so they will take you off the missions – only someone crazy would want to fly missions But if you are not on the missions your sanity is no longer in uestion so they will make you fly them If you say you don’t want to fly them you are sane so you will have to fly them Basically no matter how you feel about flying missions you will end up flying them anyway Situations like this are repeated throughout the book where there is no good answer to the situation at hand – often with hilarious and frustrating resultsNow I mention that the book is humorous satire but it does have many dark moments as well This kind of goes back to my mention of the discourse within the novel being therapeutic War is crazy and what can happen is brutal Oddly enough a Jimmy Buffett uote from Changes in Latitudes Changes in Attitudes comes to mind “If we weren't all crazy we would go insane” That pretty much sums up the book in a nutshellSo should you read this book Well I think that uestion is a Catch 22 in itself I think about 50% of the people who try this will hate it or dnf it I think the other 50% of the people who read it will love it uote it put it on their favorites list Where the Catch 22 is that I think any person has the capability to be in either category depending on where their mindset is right now If I recommend it to you now you may hate me or you may thank me profusely In 10 years is would be visa versa I do think the audiobook helped me appreciate it and it is now in my favorites Will that happen for you I definitely cannot be the one to decide that

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E trying to kill him But his real problem is not the enemy it is his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned he’ll be in violation of Catch a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions but if he makes a formal r. 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 endIt features Chaucerian cast of characters that would not be out of place in the German chaos of Gravity's Rainbow or The Tin Drum A few examplesMajor Major Major Major He was a proud and independent man who was opposed to unemployment insurance and never hesitated to whine whimper wheedle and extort for as much as he could get from whoever he could He was a devout man whose pulpit was everywhere But if you want a meeting with him you'll have to wait until he has climbed out the window of his office and run down the gullyColonel Cathart a slick successful slipshod unhappy man of thirty six who lumbered while we walked and wanted to be a generalhe was impervious to absolutes He could measure his own progress only in relationship to others and his idea of excellence was to do something at least as well as all the men his same age who were doing the same thing even better Even if or especially if that meant raising the number of combat missions from 50 to 80 to impress General Peckham or General Dreedle or gasp General Scheisskopf whose wife was well just a little promiscuousThen there is the Anabaptist chaplain who started to wonder about whether God exists and is tortured by his assistant the sadistic Colonel Whitcomb and spends a lot of time wondering whether everything he sees is déjà vu presue vu or jamais vuAlso the ill fated young Nately and the eually ill fated old man debating whether America was winning the war or whether Italy was since Italy has already survived than two millennia than the US even existed This sordid vulturous diabolical old man reminded him of his father because the two were nothing at all alikeAnd then there is Yossarian the protagonist Perhaps the insane Captain decorated for making a second bombing pass that killed Kraft being the sanest person on the island of Pianosa despite being haunted by Snowden the soldier in white the dead man in his tent persecuted and nearly killed by Nately's whore and all the death and absurdity around him Yossarian is an everyman who is justifiably paranoid but just a cog in the system and the only person that retains a sense of outrage at the senseless violence all around himThis is the most anti war book I believe I have ever read It makes MASH look like a US Army recruiting poster in comparison I was horrified by one man syndicate MM Enterprises of Milo Minderbender the cynic who deals with total impunity openly with both sides even manning the anti aircraft flak machines on the Italian coast shooting down US bombers and bombing his own suadron with loads of casualties This of course scarily parallels the Trump links with Putin and Russia and the massive amounts of money that Trump stands to make as POTUS Kid Simpson's slaughter was perhaps the most gruesome of them all but the the scenes of terror and anarchy that Yossarian sees in Rome before being arrested for being there without a pass leaving the murderous Aarfy smiling and careless as always were chillingDo not come here seeking logic or sanity because in war neither has any place not in Catch 22 and I suppose in real life either It reminded me of a cab driver I had once in New Orleans true story who was bragging to me about burying Irauis in their trenches by rolling over them with tanks and bulldozers during the first Gulf War When I mentioned that it was against the Geneva Convention to bury men alive he shrugged in the rearview mirror and said They told us that those rules didn't apply to us since this was just a conflict and not a war and besides we were the US Army and not bound by some stupid European rulesIf as I did you struggle through the first 200 pages the pace picks up as does the violence and you will find yourself cheering for Yossarian and racing to the end if not as Yossarian to SwedenI would give it 5 stars but the first 200 pages are really torture to get through so for lack of being able to give a 45 I rounded down to 4 stars Regardless I can clearly see however why this classic is held in such high esteem May we never go through another war like this again I can also see some of the inspiration for Alan Alda for creating MASH in the 70s and reading Fire In the Lake about Vietnam we learned absolutely nothing from the errors that Heller describesReading the second Rick Atkinson book of The Liberation Trilogy about the Allied campaign in Italy Every bit as brutal and chaotic as Heller portrayed it particularly the brutal inch by inch campaign up from Salerno to Rome Anzio was particularly horrendous Curious fact Roger Waters' father the one he eulogizes in The Wall died at AnzioHighly recommended as a piece of essential anti war black humor

Joseph Heller Ó 5 Free read

Catch 22Fifty years after its original publication Catch remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest and most celebrated books of all time In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time Newsweek the Modern Library and the London ObserverSet in Italy during World War II this is the story of the incomparable malingering bombardier Yossarian a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met ar. 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 talkMe HiCatch 22 Oh hiMe How are you feelingCatch 22 I've been betterMe Don't be upset It's not you It's meCatch 22 I know thatMe My friends tell me I'm an idiot for ending our relationshipCatch 22 I agreeMe I'm sure the reason I don't laugh or enjoy myself when I'm with you has to do with my own flaws than with yoursCatch 22 Of course I'm flawlessMe I don't know if I would go that farCatch 22 Well you've already admitted that it's your fault so I don't know if you're the best person to be judging whether or not I'm flawedMe Hey now I didn't laugh once when I was with youCatch 22 I've been forced to sit on this bookshelf for years while you plop in front of the TV to laugh at Will Ferrell movies I'll give you Anchorman but Step Brothers Don't talk to me about what is or isn't funnyMe The sleepwalking scene in that movie is pure geniusCatch 22 I rest my caseMe Ok ok You're right I promise you that one day I'll be mature and enlightened enough to appreciate you and when that day comes you and I will have some fun togetherCatch 22 I won't hold my breath