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Yossarian says, "You're talking about winning the war, and I am talking about winning the war and keeping alive."
"Exactly," Clevinger snapped smugly. "And which do you think is more important?"
"To whom?" Yossarian shot back. "It doesn't make a damn bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead."
"I can't think of another attitude that could be depended upon to give greater comfort to the enemy."
"The enemy," retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, "is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on."
Mirabile dictu, the book holds up post-Reagan, post-Gulf War. It's a good thing, too. As long as there's a military, that engine of lethal authority, Catch-22 will shine as a handbook for smart-alecky pacifists. It's an utterly serious and sad, but damn funny book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
stupid and unfunny, written in a barley readable style, shouldint be a classic.Published 1 month ago by elliot wilson
How cool is this book? Weird and funny and frustrating. The paradox of Catch-22 is masterfully worked, no wonder it became a common expression. Read morePublished 6 months ago by George Hird
The first 50 pages were entertaining. After that, it was the same antics repeated more-or-less "ad nauseum" for another 400 pages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by CR
This book, in my opinion, and in the minds of many others, is one of the best novels written in the 20th century. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ryan
I've yet to finish this book and I've gone back and tried a few times. It's a literary work of art, challenging and worth the read if you can get through it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by LindsayHawes
An excellent book and I just love the writing. Heller is a genius writing a non-war story set during WWII. Read morePublished 20 months ago by shezzypants
I've suddently developed an urge to purchase books that I've never read, but without spending a whole lot of cash, so naturally I turned to Amazon. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Ward
I first read Catch 22 when I was 15. THe war in Viet Nam was still going on. Reading it again, I'm just as dazzled and amused by its tour de force absurdist satire.Published on July 19 2012 by zanderary