Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Catch 22


Category: Satire

Author: Joseph Heller

Summary: At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His efforts are perfectly understandable because as he furiously scrambles, thousands of people he hasn't even met are trying to kill him. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he is committed to flying, he is trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

3 Comments:

At 8:21 PM, Blogger JDickinson said...

I found Catch-22 to be a highly amusing, but very difficult novel, in many ways. The style of writing was stream of consiousness, but each chapter was from a different point in the novel, rendering an accurate timeline of events as almost impossible. The literary criticism spent nearly all it's time discussing the purpose of the strange structure, making it very hard to connect to other war genre novels.

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger scottt2 said...

I read this book in the war genre, and it turned out to be a pretty interesting book, as well as one that is fairly comparable to other books of the same genre. Its style can become a little confusing and annoying at times, because all of it is random and out of context. Some parts of the novel I didnt understand until it was explained in one of the last chapters. There was quite a lot of criticism on this book, but carefull reading was necessary for me to find what I was looking for. This book deals with conflicts dealing with morality and patriotism towards a country, and satarizes the common governmental military.

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger scottt2 said...

Sorry! I just found out that I should have put this in the war gentre, not satire. By the way, this is STryggestad, and I did another review for Caine Mutiny, if that helps.

 

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