Catch-22

Catch-22

Book - 1995
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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read and soon to be adapted into a Hulu series directed by and starring George Clooney.

Catch-22 is one of the funniest books ever written. Joseph Heller's masterpiece about a bomber squadron in the Second World War's Italian theater features a gallery of magnificently strange characters seething with comic energy. The malingering hero, Yossarian, is endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war, and his story is studded with incidents and devices (including the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade and the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule that gives the book its title) that propel the narrative in a headlong satiric rush. But the reason Catch-22's satire never weakens and its jokes never date stems not from the comedy itself but from the savage, unerring, Swiftian indignation out of which that comedy springs. This fractured anti-epic, with all its aggrieved humanity, has given us the most enduring image we have of modern warfare. 

This hardcover Everyman's Library edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury, a chronology of the author's life and times, and a select bibliography. It is printed on acid-free paper, with sewn bindings, full-cloth covers, foil stamping, and a silk ribbon marker.   



Baker & Taylor
Depicts the struggles of a U.S. airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II base.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1995
ISBN: 9780679437222
0679437223
Characteristics: xxxix, 568 p. ; 22 cm

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whatcomhillwalker
Jan 30, 2019

I read this book in Junior High when it was new and of course saw the flick. Both of them remain fondly in my memory.

IndyPL_MikeH Nov 07, 2018

What do you do when you're trapped in a giant bureaucracy and can't find the door? Oh, and there's World War Two. One of the great American novels.

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Goodenergy5
Nov 06, 2018

This is a horrible book. One of the worst books that I’ve read.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged at the Dallas, TX Independent School District high school libraries (1974); in Snoqualmie, WA (1979) because of its several references to women as "whores." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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SusyHendrix
Sep 05, 2018

One of my favorite books. It is a difficult read at times, I will admit: it's told out of chronological order, the dialogue exchanges are bizarre. But it's ultimately a hilarious and horrifying satire, featuring one of my favorite novel heroes, John Yossarian. If you want a good, offbeat read with cult appeal, you can't go wrong with Catch-22. (The 1970 movie is also excellent and worth seeing.)

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Kaelbe
Jul 26, 2018

I wanted to read this because it is a recognized classic. However after 70 pages I had enough. Skipped 100 pages ahead a few times to see if the style changed, but it didn’t. I couldn’t continue. If Groucho Marks wrote a novel this would be it. Insane and inane.

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pjllkl
Jun 03, 2018

An awful book! It discredits the men and women who fought and died to save the world in the 40's, portraying them all as crazies. It was obviously written in the 50's for the Beat Generation who denigrated everything this country stands for.

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editorjo
May 08, 2018

This book is so excellently written. The humorous absurdity is only broken by moments of grim "realness" that is the reality of war and its effects on people. I first picked up this book because I felt that it was finally time to read this classic. I'm so glad I did; I will be revisiting it again.

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zvanstanley
Jan 04, 2018

One of my favorite satires.

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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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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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