No, its good and quite funny at first, but towards the end it gets way, way too grim for my taste.
still keeps the absurd contradictions and jokes, but they get outweighed by the deaths, misfortunes, and general unhappiness.Example:***SPOILER***The maid with the green pantys gets raped and murdered by Aarfy who gets away with it...
his performance was superb, that i have no complain against.
it is a movie, and i shan't me seeing it.
I wanted a funny story to cheer me up, this started out as that, but ended up making me feel worse then when i started.
2 of 5, would not buy again.
Yes, it gives a splendid impression of how war affects people differently
The various characters and how they managed to cope with their circumstances
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
Yes... the characters are hysterical. Major Major Major Major has nothing over this major novel
"The gang that couldn't shoot straight" ... of very many years past. It is good to have a laugh at the gym when other people are working out so seriously
I think so
Yosanian of course -- but he would thing I am doing something illegal any how
Please people -- if you want to be completely amused this novel is for you
Read and re-read this book multiple times in my 20s. Thoroughly enjoyed it each time. 40 years later it still holds up.
Heller's lampooning of wartime behavior and thinking during WW II is brilliant. This book will make you laugh, cry, cheer and, most importantly, think.
I strongly suspect that without this book M*A*S*H, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, etc. would never have existed.
Read or listen to it!
Pro tip: the story is not told in chronological order. Once you know that it makes a lot more sense.
If you've read or never read Catch-22 this is a great performance. Sanders' character voices are great and bring all of Heller's zany characters to life in a manner that makes me appreciate Heller's wit more than when I first read the book many years ago. My only regret is that as I am listening to this performance as I drive home to and from work it seems like my commute is never long enough... Which is crazy because no one wants a long commute but because I only listen to the book while I commute it means I want a longer commute ...
Serious subject matter with a macabre humorous twist. A few parts of the book had me laughing, while other parts had me reflecting on the serious nature of life in the military.
Really enjoyed Catch-22. Will probably listen to it again. Filled with angst and contradictions that make you think about the absurdities of war and life.
Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
Get ready for an ensemble of characters and time jumps: this title is a macabre, hysterical ride, and very much worth the read.
This book has one of the funniest scenes and one of the most moving death scenes I've ever experienced, and dozens of other scenes worth honorable mention. The contrast Heller creates between comedy and tragedy amplify the reader's experience of both. Sanders portrays Heller's large array of characters wonderfully, creating a very vivid experience for the reader in that camp on the island of Pianosa.
If you are a civilian like me, it will be helpful to brush up on Army ranks before starting this book (colonel, lieutenant, general, etc.). Otherwise, the lay reader can enjoy this title without any further military knowledge. I can only imagine how amplified the emotions of a reader with military experience would be while reading this.
The material is very dark at times, and not for the lighthearted. While WWII was necessary to rid the world of the social atrocities of that time, there was nothing romantic about the process for any country, soldier or civilian. I don't have any personal experience in matters of this sort, but I believe that Catch-22 captures this sentiment extremely well.