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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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Nov 14, 2008

really liked it

It took me a few minutes to decide whether or not I wanted to give three or four stars to Catch-22. While I realize that it's a brilliantly written piece of comic satire, I found that there was really nothing for me, as a female, to latch onto. It's undoubtedly a phallocentric book. With the exception of a couple of nurses and one or two other peripheral characters, every woman in the book is a prostitute. I don't know if there is a single female character whose breasts are not described in painstaking detail. Now, I'm not going to enter into a treatise on sexism in Catch-22 - I wasn't offended by it - I just had a bit of trouble engaging with the characters.

I expected to love this book, for the simple reason that I'd heard SO many gushing, laudatory reviews from my closest friends and family. In retrospect, I now realize that every single one of those adoring reviewers was a dude. I'm not suggesting that women can't enjoy this book. I'm simply stating that this particular woman didn't enjoy it as much as she thought she would.

I ultimately decided on four stars for this book, instead of the three that I had initially planned to dole out, mostly because I really warmed up to it in the last 100 pages or so. The final "Snowden" chapter was pretty powerful.

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Reading Progress

November 14, 2008 – Shelved
November 14, 2008 –
page 27
November 17, 2008 –
page 105
December 1, 2008 –
page 344
Started Reading
December 2, 2008 – Finished Reading

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