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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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Jan 30, 08

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Read in December, 2007

Hilarious, entertaining, and with biting sarcasm, Heller captures all that is wrong with the military (and I suspect other big nameless bureaucracies), with poignancy delivered by great character development. Set towards in Europe towards the end of WWII, the protaganist a bombadier named Yossarian has become frightened for his own mortality, disenchanted with the war, seeking to return home by any means possible.
Being in the military certain themes seemed particularly perspicacious; the continued extention in number of missions that Yossarian had to fly echoed my experience in Afghanistan, as did his question of whether his missions made any difference, the reliance on a supply corporal for anything that you needed was also true, as was the phenomenon of the most gung-ho parade marcher getting ahead with lack of skill.
A wonderful novel for anyone who has spent time in the military in particular, and all others who just want an entertaining book (how could anyone not find humor in Major Major Major Major?).

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