Catch 22 by Joseph Heller


The novel follows Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th squadron are based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea west of Italy. The novel looks into the experiences of Yossarian and the other airmen in the camp, and their attempts to keep their sanity in order to fulfill their service requirements, so that they can return home. The phrase “Catch-22”, “a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule,” has entered the English language.

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  1. michelebbc

     /  May 8, 2012

    There were 11 people at tonight’s meeting and only 4 had read the book and most of those who had not finished it had given up completely though I think there may have been a couple who intended finishing. The majority of both those who’d read and those who hadn’t, disliked it. I was one of those who loved it – and probably the most enthusiastic.

    Nearly everyone who disliked it, disliked the repetition and most did not find it funny. One person hated the mindless violence.

    I love the book. In the blurb on mine it says, “One of the great books of the century” and I completely agree.

    I thought the repetition added to the effect of incidents, gradually building up to the final reveal. I loved the humour quite often found it LOL-worthy. The book is an amazing critique of warfare, militarism, and particularly, bureaucracy and capitalism.



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