by Joseph Heller | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
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Registered by wingk00kaburrawing of San Jose, California USA on 2/27/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingk00kaburrawing from San Jose, California USA on Monday, February 27, 2006
It's considered a classic so I've always meant to read it - somehow I've never gotten around to it.

-- There was a time when reading Joseph Heller's classic satire on the murderous insanity of war was nothing less than a rite of passage. Echoes of Yossarian, the wise-ass bombardier who was too smart to die but not smart enough to find a way out of his predicament, could be heard throughout the counterculture. As a result, it's impossible not to consider Catch-22 to be something of a period piece. But 40 years on, the novel's undiminished strength is its looking-glass logic. Again and again, Heller's characters demonstrate that what is commonly held to be good, is bad; what is sensible, is nonsense.

Yossarian says, "You're talking about winning the war, and I am talking about winning the war and keeping alive."
"Exactly," Clevinger snapped smugly. "And which do you think is more important?"
"To whom?" Yossarian shot back. "It doesn't make a damn bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead."
"I can't think of another attitude that could be depended upon to give greater comfort to the enemy."
"The enemy," retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, "is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on."
Mirabile dictu, the book holds up post-Reagan, post-Gulf War. It's a good thing, too. As long as there's a military, that engine of lethal authority, Catch-22 will shine as a handbook for smart-alecky pacifists. It's an utterly serious and sad, but damn funny book.

Journal Entry 2 by wingk00kaburrawing from San Jose, California USA on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I'm trying to par down my TBR bookshelf and so I am pulling out any books that just don't spark as much interest in me. I haven't read this book and don't really know anything about it.

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Journal Entry 4 by teresakayep from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, September 02, 2007
Received via Will read eventually and probably release via a book trading site or office book sale for charity.

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