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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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Jan 11, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, classics

i don't even know where to start--just thinking of this novel brings a loony smile on my face. i've read this a couple of years ago while i was on fieldwork, and i remember being on the receiving end of worried and even stupefied stares from my friends whenever i had this book on my hands--there were times (a lot of times, mind) when i'd just laugh outright as i read thru the exploits of yossarian, major major (and then more majors), milo minderbender, nately, and other illustrious (or not) characters. their eccentricities are often amusing, beffudling, heartwrenching, and even enlightening.

but besides the humor, there are a lot of issues in the story. people will be given a glimpse as to how it's like for soldiers to be in the thick of war, how they are slowly, subtly changed from the inside-out. heller has masterfully encapsulated the dynamics between and among ranks of soldiers, and even those people outside their outfit that they come in contact with, and what influences they have wrought against one another. morbidly fascinating, excruciatingly merciless, and awkwardly honest, catch-22 deserves to be in everyone's literature...
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Dan's Obsessions Nicely doone Maricar, U hit the nail to the head with tihs one!
Yesterday I left this book on the counter( they couldn't get my card ) so I tihnk I might indulg and finally buy it lateron this month, also I am intrigued to ask if this most famous work of his prompted U to read any other of his work..?


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