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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.
Catch-22 is one of the best books ever written and I highly recommend it.
It is a mark of Hellers skill that he can make a book this funny and yet not forget what he's writing- a tragic novel about the horrors of war.
When I was reading the book, it was very common that one sentence can make you want to cry, laugh, fume and think at the same time.
Not seeing why this book is consider a classic. Very poorly written. But may be that was the intent as well!Published 2 days ago by shafi jourabchi
Recommended. You will laugh at the idiocy of military logic even if you aren't familiar with all the jargon. Great book.Published 4 days ago by Seamus Gordon
The only book I've ever read twice, and may do it again in the near future!!Published 11 days ago by Dex Olsen
Tough one for me to get into. There are moments of humor that save my sanity but definitely not what I consider a pleasure reading selection. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jhenna Shelton
I believe that Heller's Catch-22 is now one of my favorite novels. It is a carefully woven masterpiece, and deserves its position on so many lists of classic books. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Piggy Connoisseur
I read it the first time while serving in the Navy offshore Vietnam. This reread is just as compelling. Yo sarin and Major Major are just as compelling.Published 16 days ago by John Hayward
Joseph Heller was lucky that the Vietnam War and the 60s Counterculture followed the 1961 publication of Catch-22 by only a few years because they gave his juvenile screed against... Read morePublished 17 days ago by M. Buzalka
I'm not a re-reader but I've read this book 4 times, starting in 1971. It took that many times for me to see past the humour to the horror of what was happening. Read morePublished 21 days ago by susankaye