It is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)
Catch-22 is a microcosm of the 20th-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane. It is a novel that lives and moves and grows with astonishing power and vitality. It is, we believe, one of the strongest creations of the mid-century.
©1955, 1961 Joseph Heller; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"An apocalyptic masterpiece." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"One of the most bitterly funny works in the language...explosive, bitter, subversive, brilliant." (The New Republic)
"A monumental artifact of contemporary American literature, almost as assured of longevity as the statues on Easter Island....Catch-22 is a novel that reminds us once again of all that we have taken for granted in our world and should not, the madness we try not to bother and notice, the deceptions and falsehoods we lack the will to try to distinguish from truth." (New York Times Book Review)
The most depressing stories! I had to stop listening after the fourth story, I wanted to walk in front of a bus!
Always loved the book, it's a great work of literature that's both poignant and hilarious but Jay O Sanders' reading of it just elevates the whole experience.
Can't recommend it enough.
Although I found it to be a good book, well written and, of course, funny, there was lots of racially disturbing language and violence against women that. Things have changed for the better since it was written.
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
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