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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.
This is the type of novel that will have you laughing and crying all at once. I have read much about what Catch-22 is really saying about war, but to be honest that is something... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Adam Austin
very happy with all purchases. Have not received rachmaninov as yetPublished 9 days ago by JCIvan Hengel-Vrijburg
I listened to this on CD's from my library and the reader did a fantastic job, doing different voices for the different characters.
Catch 22 was not like I expected. Read more
It takes some nerve to write funny books about wars. It takes more nerve to like funny books about wars. I bought this one out of pure curiosity. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Manfred Finkhaeuser
As crazy as this book reads today, I can only imagine how provocative it was when it arrived in the 1960s. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Joseph Rassenfoss
I didn't appreciate the humor in the very beginning of the book. But, as the characters developed I found myself giggling as I read the dialogue. Well written satire. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sara Owens