Catch-22 is a sparklingly funny book, but it needs a deadpan delivery to pull it off. Trevor White seems to think that he is reading a bloody, amoral and unpleasant war tome. He is, of course, but the genius of the book is that its wit makes its dark subject matter accessible and so much more heart-wrenching for catching you unaware. White reads like he's spitting out the words and glad to be rid of them. A disappointment.
The dialog goes back and forth between the various characters seamlessly, and the narrators give perfectly understated performances that bring across the characterisation without allowing it to take centre stage away from the stories.
And the story is why we're here and what a story it is.
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