This is the tale of the dangerously sane Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive. Yossarian is a bombardier in the 256th Squadron of the US Army Air Forces during World War II, stationed on Pianosa, a fictionalised island in the Mediterranean between mainland Italy and Corsica. The squadron's assignment is to bomb enemy positions in Italy and eastern France. Yossarian's mission is simply to stay alive.
©1961 Joseph Heller; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
"The greatest satirical work in the English language since Erewhon. (Observer)
"Wildly original, and brutally gruesome, a dazzling performance that will outrage as many readers as it delights. Vulgarly, bitterly, savagely funny, it will not be forgotten by those who can take it." (The New York Times)
"An apocalyptic masterpiece." (Chicago Times)
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"Who's on first?"
I have persevered and finished this book out of respect to readers that have loved it. Time can render a book or film into a cliche of it self through no fault of its own, a great example is The Matrix, so visually fresh when it was first presented and now it feels almost like a parody of itself; I think this book suffers the same problem. I would not call it a novel because to me it is a very long squetch that grows tire very soon; at one point I felt I was trapped in an Abbott and Costello sketch (who’s on first?) for a very long time. The theme is the absurdity of war, but it felt like a boot kicking me on the face for ever and ever. If you read this book it is proof that you are crazy but if you do not read this book it proves you must be crazy, who said I was crazy, not me but if you do not you must be. Bee I am allergic to bees! what bee? not b, bee…. for 499 pages, I dare you.
"Perfect for running"
Listened to Catch 22 while training and for me it entertaining and easy not to drift off. Excellent narration.
"It's matured with age (or at least I have)..."
Having read and enjoyed the book some 30 or 40 years ago it was with a bit of trepidation that I decided to "Catch" up with it all these years later; I didn't want to be disappointed. Happily I can report that if anything it's matured with age (or at least I have). I guess life's experiences have helped me recognise a lot of the character-types so vividly brought to life within.
It seems so effortlessly brilliant; uproariously funny, dangerously subversive, witty, sad, deep, crazy, deadly serious, sentimental yet mad too.Plus the narration here is spot-on perfect.
There's no Catch - it's truly great!
I'm sorry, I really tried, but this is just not my cup of tea...the narration is great,but the story...well it's just pointless drivel, I gave it to chapter 4. Not for me...
"Heads I lose tails they win"
One funny classic story that epitomizes the military mind, one day yossarian may go home , before or after the war ends?
"It's a modern classic for a reason."
And that reason is because it details the insane logic of the military mind so well. And why we mostly go along with it, even though it is so much against our own instinct for self-preservation and our own common sense. A funny, satirical and cynical look at war that anyone who has ever been in the armed forces will immediately recognise. A great listen that I will listen to again once it has faded away a bit.
"Not Lost It's Impact After ALL These Years"
Yes, a complicated story set at a time we are forgetting about.
When the Priest gets into trouble for stealing a 'tomato'
The irony is well interpreted by the reader
I'm not into emotion but the horror of war is so well demonstrated by the airmen free time in Rome.
This is a long book which takes a little getting into - stick with it.
This novel was, is and always will be one of the greatest and most complete novels if all times. Whether it's a first read/listen or a hundred and first read/listen, it is utterly engaging with countless new depths to discover on each encounter. It is always on my audible as it is the only novel I can dependably turn to and listen to from any point within the story, always being instantly engaged.
It's a rather good piece of literature.
I thoroughly recommend it.
The narrator did a superb job of telling this story, bringing all the various characters to life. And what a great story to tell!
"Great book, brilliant narration"
A brilliant book expertly brought to life by the narration. White really captured the characters and their mannerisms. Whether you know the book or not this is a great version, and well worth the time.
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