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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.
One of my favorite books. The writing and mentality is like duffelblog.com (think "The Onion" but for military stuff) and MASH had a baby. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robert Nolt
You owe t to yourself to read the book that you have used the catch phrase for all these years!Published 6 days ago by Bob
"Catch-22" is outrageous, hilarious, disturbing, and sad all in one book. I'm glad I finally read it.Published 8 days ago by Tawni
This was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. It was odd and crazy at times but extremely entertaining.Published 9 days ago by katt
Full of great dialog from incredibly complex characters, all involved in the pressure cooker of war.
One of the most satirically funny books of the 20th Century.
I am pondering about purchasing or not. But one thing I know is maybe I should read the story that my Dad got to be part of, as a pilot, in the movie that came out depicting the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Babette M Rollins