Who wants to live forever? What else is there to do?
Both dialogues and characters are brilliant, but the author succeeds in exasperating me and I found myself many times wishing to finish the book rather than enjoying it. I read reviews that the book is sexist, I don't agree. Most if not all the parts with a woman definitely aren't pleasant, but I think the author used them to shape certain characters (ie Aarfy) and how terrible is the war for women (Ch "the eternal city" as culmination)
I have heard this described as a classic and one of the greatest books ever written but I certainly did not form that opinion after finishing it. I wasn‘t aware prior to reading it that the book was satire and I think much of the humour was lost on me but I can see how it would appeal more to people who had lived through war. I think it‘s an acquired taste so I wouldn‘t recommend it.
#you_must_read_this_Book_before_you_die. Catch-22 is a satirical war novel by American author Joseph Heller. First published in 1961. Often cited as one of the most significant novels of the 20th century, it uses a distinctive non-chronological third-person omniscient narration, describing events from the points of view of different characters. The separate storylines are out of sequence so the timeline develops along with the plot.
Thanks Carolyn 💜 I may be ordering food hampers soon 👍🏻
So I have to mark this as a pick because it really is brilliant. I still find myself thinking about it. But I also have mixed feelings. It was difficult to get through and started out seemingly quirky before getting progressively darker. About 3/4 of the way in the circular reasoning was grating but maybe that was the point! I‘m curious about the women in the story though and I‘d love to read something like a Wide Sargasso Sea for this novel.
Catch-22 is really funny… for the first couple hundred pages. Past that point, it starts to wear a bit thin. I know Heller was probably Making A Point with all the circular reasoning and repetition, but the point was well-made early on. The second half was mostly predictable (read: boring), and then it nosedived at the end into some really dark realities of war. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/catch-22-joseph-heller/
I got photo bombed 😅 All I wanted to do was taking a picture for Litsy and what happens?
Guess Rossa just wanted to introduce herself to the Litsy community 😁🐈
The new Hulu series based on this is fantastic. It actually does a great job of capturing the comical aspects of the novel - both satirical and dark - even if they did leave out my favorite (and the funniest) scene from the book.
So excited about the series on Hulu ! Hope it doesn‘t disappoint
I tried. Twice. Years ago it was a DNF for me in tangible form, and this time in audio it was still a no for me. I love the premise, and that‘s why I keep coming back to it. Unfortunately, the non-stop crazy ramblings of EVERY character, simply put, drive me up the wall.
This is my first DNF of the year. ☹️
The novel looks into the experiences of Yossarian and the other airmen in the camp, who attempt maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they return home.
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So here‘s the deal. I don‘t read:
or long novels
or stories by and about white men
This story was all of these and LOVED it.
In order to accommodate my holds and pipeline flow, I finally had to admit to myself that I need to bail on this. It's one of DH's faves, so he doesn't understand me. Likewise, Number One Son and I don't understand why DH/Dad loves it! Different strokes.... I get what Heller was going for. I'm just not interested enough to continue beyond 40%.
Catch-22 is the story of an American bombardier called Yossarian hell-bent for survival during World War II. The non-linear narration is confusing and repetitive. But its unconventional structure contributes to the madness of its characters and their times. Humorous, provocative and unexpectedly empathetic, it is a must-read for those looking for quirky books. Joseph Heller's Yossarian has centuries to live and express the importance of cowardice.
If you need me, I‘ll be cozy with my coffee and my copy of Catch-22. Book club really does make me branch out. Y‘all know I don‘t really books by by old (maybe dead, idk) white men. It‘s pretty tolerable so far. #SundayBumday
While I did find parts amusing, this book was a chore to finish. I listened to the #audiobook and often found my thoughts drifting. Going in, I knew pretty much nothing about the story other than it being set in WWII. I was surprised by all the talk of sex and the men's degrading attitudes towards women. I felt that women were viewed only as objects and treated as such. I also found myself very frustrated by all the circular conversations. 😖😖
I guess I‘m going to need to subscribe to Hulu. They seem to be adapting all of my college favorites! Very excited for this one!
This book is absolutely, 100% deserving of its status as a must-read classic.
Amazingly beautiful writing; completely absurd, hilarious, sad, and infuriating. I laughed out loud, I cringed, and I cried.
Yesterday, I said I couldn‘t remember the last time I laughed so much while reading a book after finishing Good Omens...
This one is cracking me up almost as much. 😂