In the 1st half I was literally laughing out loud and so hard that I had to stop my vehicle and wipe my eyes, I could not see to drive. I thought someone would come out and ask if I was all right or why I was crying. I found so much in the 1st half that was hilarious.
I really enjoyed the military bureaucracy idiots and paranoia and backstabbing etc. and the just plain absurdity at times. & it was neat to see how tidbits and seeds planted from opening pages filter through or even come back on someone later with a vengeance. 2nd half gets progressively more serious and whole novel deals with several big issues. Late in novel there is Chapter 39: The Eternal City, that devolves into a Heironymus Boschian nightmarish/hellish landscape. Yossarian is/becomes the conscience of the novel.
Parts of C22 make me think of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5 & Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. & Milo Minderbinder's Syndicate seems a precursor to Haliburton and modern war profiteering. Also wondering if Pynchon's Yoyodyne from V and GR is in anyway a nod to Yossarian's nickname Yoyo. He is yoyo-ing back and forth and not getting anywhere due to C22.
I feel the overlap/repetitious nature of some of the chapters lends a spiral structure, but I don’t know what you could cut out without a complete rewrite and removal of characters as so many stories interlace and so many characters interact. I felt an affinity with Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude regarding this wherein the cyclic/spiral nature of the story that slowly moves forward but retraces elements reflects the trapped nature of the characters.
I agree that military double talk and cross-talk is a bit repetitive it was still at least amusing in 2nd half. But for some this stuff may get to be too much of a good thing.
There is more to it than just the absurdity too as there are many bits regarding life and death and ruminations and questioning of religion etc by the chaplain that are rather existential and I liked that. Some nature of reality stuff too maybe regarding his deja vu ponderings.
The 1st half had all the real gut busting hilarious stuff for me but there are 2nd half moments where I still chuckled. I enjoyed the absurd landscape Heller created even more than first time I listened several years ago.
The incisive irony.
Yossarian, of course. He's human, humane, patriotic, realistic and hilarious
Superlative reading of a classic. I had to check back to see if Sanders was the only reader, there was so much individuation of characters.
Very elaborate performance crafting every character. I enjoyed listening, although someone who prefers a more neutral delivery might not.
Most definitely not. In fact this is probably the book that took me the longest to read/listen to. Started a few years ago, left it alone, then came back to it a number of times. The book is like the story itself — I had contradictory feelings both struggling through it and enjoying it.
Second time this happened to me — the end came sooner than expected. Last chapter was the additional reading by Heller. A welcome addition, but I wish Audible named the chapters accordingly, so that it's clear where are the chapters, and where's additional material.
Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.
I get a little tired of the people who say that "if you dont like it, its because you dont understand it" I think its more likely that people who say they like this book, actually think its quite terrible and only say they like it because it makes them feel like part of the intelligent crowd. I think it is also quite possible that because you hate this book you will also love it for this very reason. Yosarian is a part of my soul that I've never laid a name to. I hate this with a passion though I cannot deny the truth of the matter. Read the book and learn a little something about yourself but feel free to hate it. You won't be an idiot becasue of it.
This is the best performance I had from audible thus far and what a great book it is. I bought the book from amazon after halfway through the first part. Even though the performance is great, I believe the book is worth reading.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
If you want out of the war, you must demonstrate you’re insane. But just the fact that you want out of the war demonstrates your sanity. Youssarian, the hero of the book, wants out of the war. So our setting for all the misanthropy and obtuse logic. The story is not a novel; it is a suave to ease the pain from societal absurdities. Oh yes, and a very enjoyable read.
It’s a terrific book about the absurdity of bureaucratic authority in conflict with the personal. I think it was brilliant for its time, but it does feel dated, despite the universal themes explored. There is a lot to like about this, including the unique structure of the story, but there was something off in the reading for me. While I think Jay O. Sanders is an excellent reader with an excellent voice, his voice changes, especially during many of the comedic moments, were often strained, as I’m sure was the intention, but it didn’t work for me. In those moments, I wished for a hard copy of the book instead.
I am an avid reader/listener. I don't watch TV often, especially since 'reality (not really) TV’ started constipating the airwaves. I find myself tapping my foot and counting down the minutes when my husband and I take time out for a movie, I must find out what is happening in the book I am reading at the time.
Now that I've made it clear that I love reading/listening, I must also mention I hit a psychological speed bump when I see a book that spends its summers on that giant table in the middle of the local bookstore with a sign that includes the word 'required' before my favorite pastime. It says homework, old fashioned, snooze fest. I can't help it, it must be PTSD triggered from the last book I was obligated to read in high school ‘Brave New World’, a book that I'm sure contains genius, but one that left me feeling depressed and terrified for the future of humanity.
But there it was, "Catch 22", one of THOSE books, stalking me every time I was in search of a new book. The fact that it was a dude read about war and written a decade before I was born didn't help its case. But, From GoodReads to Audible, it got great reviews and I finally gave in.
Wow, just wow I won't be redundant and give you a summary, the publisher has already done a nice job of that, but I will tell you that both the writing and the narration are ingenious. The rhythm, the prose and especially the wit pushed one of my top five books of all time into the number six slot.
I would have listened to this one in its entirety without pause if I didn't require sleep. Although, it would have taken several days because of all my rewinding clever and hilarious scenes, which was most of the book.
If you're on the fence, go for it, you won't be disappointed.
The producer and narrator did not capture the characters in a way that made the story hard to follow. I couldn't imagine the characters using those tones or expressions.
Not if it's written in this same style
The hospital scenes involving some of the non-follow up characters.
Hard to follow.
I wouldn't get another book with this narrator…his voice gets a little bit annoying after a few hours. This is probably just personal preference.