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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A book I read for a college course following slaughter house 5. It is
somewhat of a weird book and if you have the movie you already know
that the story is a bit odd. Read more
Catch-22, the renowned classic by Joseph Heller, tells the story of an outrageous Air Force squadron stationed on a Mediterranean island during World War II. Read morePublished 13 days ago by John Box
I am converting my library to digital. Catch-22 is a classic I loved, even before I was drafted. After my two years in the Army, it has made more and more sense to me.Published 14 days ago by Ronald L. Stjames
It's a hard read but well worth it. The book's background is about second world war and how the rationale behind lots of decisions could be self interest of individuals, stupidity... Read morePublished 17 days ago by vijaynara
This is a very funny book about a WWII pilot. It is witty from the first chapter and is easy to read. Read morePublished 17 days ago by NYC Gal
Heller's work is almost too clever for its own good, and becomes plodding in its last third, but is still enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jonathan Shafer