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Catch-22: A Novel

Catch-22: A Novel

Scritto da Joseph Heller

Narrato da Jay O. Sanders


Catch-22: A Novel

Scritto da Joseph Heller

Narrato da Jay O. Sanders

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19 ore
Pubblicato:
Aug 29, 2017
ISBN:
9781508251521
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Nota del redattore

A satirical masterpiece…

This satirical masterpiece brilliantly captures the bureaucratic absurdities of war. With a title that’s become synonymous with an intractable problem, Yossarian & co.’s tragicomic plight resonates to this day.

Descrizione

Several decades after its initial publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest-and most celebrated-novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to "best novels" lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer.

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy-it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war.

Pubblicato:
Aug 29, 2017
ISBN:
9781508251521
Formato:
Audiolibro

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Informazioni sull'autore

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. In 1961, he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as Good as Gold, God Knows, Picture This, Closing Time, and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in 1999.


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  • (5/5)
    Each day I come across Catch-22 situation, thamks to this book I can give them a proper name
  • (5/5)
    Best book ever written.
  • (5/5)
    It's rare to read a book where each sentence seems to have carefully chosen words that string together in perfect balance on the page. The novel seems to be more about the words than about the plot of the novel. There are many characters and I was glad I kept some notes to keep track of them. I would get lost in the story, but always enjoyed the words.
  • (5/5)
    First read this superb dystopian anti-war novel in 1970: Couldn't put it down; such a great read, but must have as the copy long ago went missing.Finally replenished my library & having re-read I was amazed at just how well Heller's writing stands up to modern day equivalents based on the hard-learned experiences of modern warfare.Heller's book detailing the catastrophic mental and physical anguish of Yossarian (surely one of the greatest 'human' characters in all of literature) is one of very few 'warfare' masterpieces to emerge post-WW2.The novel surpasses Jones' From Here To Eternity (&, different war, but as relevant Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front) for its devastatingly accurate portrayal of the ordinary soldier trapped within the vast & supremely indifferent High Command mince-making machinery of a so-called 'strategic war effort'.It ranks alongside Red Badge of Courage, For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Debacle, & Regeneration as an epic narration of man's inhumanity & humanity.
  • (4/5)
    A subversive classic.
  • (4/5)
    Groucho Marx channeled by angry, word-bloated 1950s English major on speed flying off the handle about war.

  • (4/5)
    major major majorly good.
  • (5/5)
    Best book ever? Quite possibly.
  • (2/5)
    This book is not funny. I don't get it.
  • (5/5)
    One of the best books I ever read.
  • (5/5)
    brilliant and hillarious.
  • (5/5)
    One of the best books I ever read.
  • (3/5)
    This was a re-read from long-long ago. The book remains very funny. The fun however is very much the same the whole work long and consequently becomes somewhat stale after a while. AS an exercise in bureaucratic logic it should be required reading for eveybody facing the bureaucratic machinery and for those manning the machine. It will be an even battle with some hope of overcoming Kafka's nightmares in the end.
  • (5/5)
    My first read was when I was in 10th grade and I fell in love.

    This book turned into a survival guide for me the whole time I worked for the state, the whole time I was in the military. Or at least it made me feel as if someone else knew what was going on.

    And I always wanted to meet some one named Major Major Major.
  • (4/5)
    Loved it. Sometimes it's the absurdity that comes closest to the truth.
  • (5/5)
    This book will always have a special place in my heart as it was the very first book I ever went to the store and purchased using my own money I earned at a job. No idea where THAT copy of the book is, I only seem to have an old $0.75 mass market pb from the early sixties that must've been my dad's.
  • (5/5)
    Catch-22 is a modern classic set during World War II. The narrative is non-linear and the situations are often absurd. If you enjoy films such as Pulp Fiction or Memento, then you should give this book a read. If you are a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, then you will love Joseph Heller.I first read Catch-22 when I was on Active Duty in 2002 and I loved every word. It made me laugh out loud on a regular basis - something that is out of character for me. There is a lot of truth behind the insanity presented by Joseph Heller.Highly recommended. This book is a classic for a reason!
  • (4/5)
    I've been hearing about this book so long now, I finally decided it was time to pick it up and get it over and done with. Boy, am I glad I did. To me, Catch-22 is somewhat like marmite. You'll either love it or you'll hate it. There is no grey area. I happen to love it. This book is filled with so many colourful characters that you'll end up loving them all. You go through so many emotions that by the end of the book, you're exhausted. I grasped Heller's writing style right off the bat. He is a unique and clever writer.The story follows Captain Joseph Yossarian, a US airman trying to survive the madness of the Second World War. I think it's a great depiction of modern mentality. Frankly, I don't think it's only the war that is insane ... Life itself is insane - a Catch-22, so to speak.Much of the prose is repetitive, which would usually bother me, but I found it to be tolerable. The only problem I had was with the length of the book. The story dragged on at times, and I found I wanted to get through those parts quickly. It would have been better if the book was shorter. All the same, I found this read to be very refreshing, and I plan on reading it again someday.One of my favourite line from the book:There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
  • (4/5)
    To Wind up 2007, our group took up the 'Catch 22 Challenge' and it has proven to be such a large literary chunk to bite off, that we decided to extend it into January '08. A few of us simply could not continue, finding the read too disjointed, wordy or totally uninteresting. But the majority persevered, reaping the rewards of this classic piece of fiction by slowly chipping away at Yossarian and his battle with World War II hypocrisy.There is no doubt Catch 22 is a difficult read. The dialogue is a collection of rambling reminiscings from battle fatiqued Captain Yossarian of the 256th Squadron. His one and only wish is to return home, never to kill (or be killed) again.One of the many discussions we were able to have regarding this book included why it became so popular and made its way onto the modern classics list.Some suggestions were the unconventional views on war, style, setting, content. We also discussed the psychological results of war and how the long duration of front line fighting can affect personalities. In our second meeting, Jeanette read a piece near the end that put it all pretty much in perspective. The catch of Catch 22 is that is doesn't exist, so "there is no object or text to ridicule, refute, to accuse, critisize, attack, amend, hate, revile, spit at, rip to shreds, trample upon or burn up."Love or hate it, Catch 22 does stir the imagination and gives a new angle to story telling. We get the impression Heller took a chance with this one and hit a chord with readers ready for something different. He has not been able to repeat the success and rarely does such a masterpiece come from an author more than once. In the world of fiction, Heller's style has been copied, more or less successfully since and for those of us who want plenty of meat in our fiction we can only be thankful for such a contribution.
  • (5/5)
    Hard to start, hard to finish, this is the most hilariously serious and important book I've read - I think ever. Some books have been more important, some have been funnier, but none both at the same time. I find it hard to imagine that the US dared go to war after this book was published in 1961. I have no problem at all understanding why this is one of the most important books of the 20th Century.
  • (5/5)
    A lot of people did not quite get the humor, but I am one of those who found this book hilarious. Heller's full sense of humor is epitomized in his most popular work. The story, the characters, and the dialogue had me laughing a lot throughout.
  • (5/5)
    This is pretty much my most favorite book ever. It's hilarious, it's poignant, it's just the best!
  • (4/5)
    Catch-22 is a very different book than what I normally read. It is very comical, crazy, and confusing, but Joseph Heller somehow mixes all of the craziness together to create a somewhat sensible piece of literature. This is not one of my favorite books, but it is quite funny at times.The story takes place during World War II. The protagonist, Yossarian, is part of one the US Air Force bomb squadrons stationed in Pianosa in Europe. The war is in full swing and the squadron members continue their missions to help with the war. The actual story line of the book is very confusing. It seems like the book is made up of small little anecdotes focusing on different member's lives and experiences, but they all tie together through common characters. Some of the stories seem to be out of order chronologically at some points and made me slightly confused. Also, the characters occasionally reference events that have not been talked about in depth, further adding to the confusion.The characters in the book were some of the best I have ever read about. Each had specific quirks and problems that persisted consistently throughout the book. Each interaction between them always seems realistic and crazy. Each character left a unique impression on me as I read through the book. Some characters were cowards, intellects, or just plain weird. I found myself becoming attached to them and every event had a much stronger emotional impact.Large picture aside, the dialogue and events in the book are very funny. The characters constantly contradict themselves and their compatriots and create ridiculous problems. Their antics lead to sometimes unwanted results, but they always take everything in good humor. Some of the events are much more serious however, but Heller was still able to put a slight twist in them to make it a little more funny.The contradictions, however, created a lot of confusion for me. I found myself lost and puzzled by what exactly happened at some points in the book. I would go back and try to reread the section and I usually was able to decipher the true meaning of what exactly occurred. However, there were a few times where I was forced to continue even though I did not have an understanding of what happen. This made the book a much harder chore to read than most, and it caused me to put down the book more times than I would have liked.Catch-22 is a amazingly funny book. The characters were some of the most special and witty characters I have ever met. The story was very intriguing and the dialogue was comical. There is no other book I have ever read that is anything like Catch-22. However, I found myself not wanting to read the book a few times. The events created a very confusing setting to follow. If you take the time to really read and understand the book, Catch-22 is very wonderful.
  • (4/5)
    The genius of this book is that, while it starts out as an irreverent take on war, full of black and absurdist humour (almost too absurd to take seriously), by book's end the brutal accounting and emotion of Heller's writing takes the reader by the throat. I particularly admire how the author withholds the complete details of crucial incidents in Yossarian's life until the very end, where full the visceral horror of war is on display.Also worth noting that Catch 22, for me, is one of those rare books that have both a memorable first AND last lines.
  • (3/5)
    Set in WWII, a bomber group off the coast of Italy. A bombadier struggles with the insanity of war where everyone - including his own side - is out to kill him. Very funny in spots - like laugh out loud funny - and very sad and depressing in others. Liked it alot.
  • (3/5)
    What did I just read?!?!It was an interesting book but I'm not sure that I liked it. The development of the characters was okay but I'm not sure what the point of the story really was. Read this because of the classical nature of the book but...hmmm
  • (3/5)
    This is something I've been meaning to read for years, but hadn't until now.

    It starts off fairly snarky, with a dark humor about the bureaucracy and insane logic of a military during wartime. It gets darker and darker further into the story.

    Today NATO and the United Nations, led unofficially by the US, began the preparations for a no-fly zone over Libya. I think I'll set this aside for now.
  • (4/5)
    Youssarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach. "Is Orr crazy?""He sure is," Doc Daneeka said."Can you ground him?""I sure can. But first he has to ask me to. That's part of the rule.""Then why doesn't he ask you to?""Because he's crazy," Doc Daneeka said. "He has to be crazy to keep flying combat missions after all the close calls he's had. Sure, I can ground Orr. But first he has to ask me to.""That's all he has to do to be grounded?"That's all. Let him ask me.""And then you can ground him?" Youssarian asked."No. Then I can't ground him.""You mean there's a catch?""Sure there's a catch," Doc Daneeka replied. "Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy."There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. (excerpt from Catch-22)This is the essential nature of Catch-22, a term originating with this novel that has entered the common lexicon referring to a bureaucratic no-win situation. (It's even in Webster's dictionary!)[Catch-22] is the story of a fictional US air squadron on the Mediterranean island of Pianosa during WWII. As a note at the front of the book comments, the actual island is too small for all the activity described in this book; but, then, the characters of Catch-22 are larger than life, so it's not so odd that their abode would be larger than in reality.Among the oddballs populating the strike force on the island are Youssarian, who is determined to avoid danger at all costs; Milo, the commissary genius and king of the black market; Major Major Major Major, promoted so that his rank matches his name; Chief White Halfoat, who drives out his roommate with death threats and is waiting to die of pnumonia; the enigmatic Major -- de Coverly, of whom everyone is terrified, but whose exact identity and responsibility no one seems to know; and a host of other military misfits.I can recognize the genius of the biting satire and dark humor Heller employs in this book. And there were times when it was laugh-out-loud funny, and other times when it really made me think about the insanity that passes for normalcy during times of war. But there were also some portions I found it tediously over-the-top. The sections about Milo and his black market dealings especially left me cold. But just when I was considering giving up, it got more interesting when Youssarian got new tent mates and they evicted the dead man who lived in the tent but had never reached the squadron. (OK, you just have to read it to understand it!)What's perhaps most notable for me is the way he approaches certain pivotal incidents (and some small oddities, too) from multiple angles and viewpoints. He hints at an event at one point, mentions it at another, remembers it somewhere else from another character's POV, and eventually you get the full impact.
  • (4/5)
    Whattya know, it turns out there's more to this book than a witty catch-phrase! It starts out a bit slow, a bunch of witty wittiness and not much else. And then slowly it starts to build up until the closing chapters, which are pretty amazing. The ending requires some intellectualization, I think. The best thing about the book, though, is the way it manages to build on itself like this despite having... *no* linear narrative whatsoever. Things happen, and they're often funny, but it takes a long time for them to become ordered; it's impossible to tell whether things that happen in the tenth chapter are before or after the sixth chapter until the 28th chapter (I made those numbers up, but you get the point.) Pretty impressive. Frankly, I have no idea why this book is so popular. It's a lot closer to Gravity's Rainbow than it is to other popular books.
  • (4/5)
    Fun and humorous at times, long-winded and repetitive at others. I loved the way that the story slowly unfolds and everything starts coming together and making more sense.