Catch 22

Joseph Heller
Reading Order: Book 51
Categories: 2020, Stuart Browning
Pages: 570
Suggested By: Hulu adaptation
Date Started: September 7, 2020
Date Finished: September 16, 2020
Reason Book was Chosen: I have the recent Hulu adaptation of Heller's acclaimed novel recorded on my Set-top box but before watching it I'd like to read the original material.
My Thoughts

Wow, I don’t really know how to describe the experience of reading Catch-22! At first it kind of bamboozled me due to how silly the conversations between the characters where but after a while I got used to its stupidity and I started to enjoy it thoroughly.

It reminded me in parts of a comedy special where the narrator would start a bit, get distracted but then a few chapters later they come full circle and finish their previous bit off (I hope that makes sense, it does to me).

The characters are fantastic, Yossarian obviously as the main protagonist is wonderfully written, his exploits throughout the novel are brilliant and I particularly like the episodes where Nately’s Whore was trying to kill him.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to everyone, as I’d imagine it’s a bit of a marmite book (you either love it or hate it, and there’s no in-between).

All in all a great read, I’ll definitely add the sequel Closing Time to my list of Want To Read.

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