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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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Oct 16, 08

Read in October, 2008

OK this was the last of the three books I've read recently that have been dubbed 'post-modern', 'anti-hero' World War II novels (Slaughterhouse 5 and Gravity's Rainbow being the other two). This unfortunately was my least favorite of the bunch. I won't wax poetic AGAIN about how much I love Pynchon and how great I thought Vonnegut's sci-fi/WWII flashback vignette was, but needless to say I liked those two better than Catch-22. Catch-22 is funny, as its intended to be, but basically tells the same joke over and over. There is too much dialogue, too much idiocy, too much repetition. The story could have been about 1/3 as long and been much more enjoyable. I get Heller's themes, I get his moral dilemmas, I get his humor, but frankly got tired of it very fast and had to convince myself to plod through the rest of the book. I guess if you want a dose of this stuff, stick to Slaughterhouse 5 and if you have a few months to spare, Gravity's Rainbow instead.
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