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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.
Now that I have time to reflect on it, Catch-22 was a great book. It's a good take on the insanity of war and it's pretty funny at times. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chris Kaufman
The ultimate anti-war book...Major Major Major Major substory is just too funny...as is the trial discussing what was NOT said...:)Published 5 days ago by Paul D. Christenson
Classic story. I love this book. My wife and i both read it (out loud to each other). Fun book.Published 6 days ago by Uncle_xo1
I know this is a horrible way to review a classic, but I hated this book. I have enjoyed many of Mr. Heller's other books and expected that I would like this as well. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Polar Bear
I first read this book in the mid 60s. At that time I was most impressed with the extraordinary humor. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Richard C. Gartrell
Should have waited until the local library had this book available to read. I read it in HS but thought I should read it again in later life. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jerry Rubin
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... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Anthony Agbay
Ever wondered where the expression Catch-22 came from: read this book! Never known that it was related to a book, until I saw this title. One more thing fixed in life/knowlegde!Published 11 days ago by Andreas van de Geijn
Excellent intro by Christopher Buckley and timeless, relevant satire in Heller's perspective on the absurdity of war and the military mindPublished 14 days ago by Donald Barshis