through the eyes of yosarian you get an in-depth and depressing look at military logic and culture. this book will take you through some truly dark and depressing places but the narrator and characters biting wit and cynical Logic will keep you laughing through most of it. this is a deeply layered book with wit and humor covering a dark look at the immoral reasoning and blatant contradictions of world-war 2 military culture.
be prepared, near the end you will be taken to some very brutal and depressing places but, not to spoil it, the book ends on such a brilliant and bright high-note it will leave you breathless. Jay sanders narration is mostly flawless, aside from his portrayal of some of the heavily-accented female characters (which I don't blame him too much for, he has a very deep voice it was going to be challenging for him to pull off). but aside from that his portrayals were nearly all spot-on. yasarian's voice fit perfectly and his voices for some of the generals and majors nearly had rolling on the floor with his deliveries. cannot recommend this book enough.
My first impression was that the characters and situations are overdone. None of the characters feel really real. Now, I recognize that I've never been in combat, so perhaps, the stress of combat can have people act to extremes, but I think this book is just parody. Moving the context to the social changes of the 1950's helps frame many of the situations presented in a much better light. I actually wondered how the character of Milo might have done in an Ayn Rand novel, would he have been heroic? I saw the film many years ago, so the voices of the characters sounded like Alan Arkin, Bob Newhart, Orson Wells, etc but that was a fine cast. It took a while but I did warm up to Yossarian. It's an enjoyable read.
The narrator made me wish Dustin Hoffman had played Yossarian also, much as I loved Alan Arkin in the role. Along with Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5, the two great novels that expose the utter insanity of war.
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 ...