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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Catch 22 is a story set during World War II. A significant choice for what is, ostensibly, an anti-war satire, since that particular war was a universally popular one butressed by high moral motivations. But that is the point, for Catch 22 is not simply a lampoon of war, but a searing indictment of man's spiritual crisis in the modern world.
On all fronts, the main character, Yossarian, is assailed by the dehumanized absurdities of mondern life, manifested most concretely in that perfected science of death, modern warfare. Yossarian, like all of us, is chained by rationality that has been stripped of reason, engineered thus for the purpose of control. That is the essence of Catch… Read more
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reply to a response, July 8 2004
How does someone miss the point of a REVIEW by such a vast margin? I agree with your and Mr. Bradbury's alarm about the state of politics and culture, but my review was not concerned with his message, but with his storytelling. Just because one agrees with an author's stance does not mean that one has to like the way in which the author conveyed that stance. Mine was a literary critique, not a political one, and those who rate this book so highly simply because of the gravity of the message are deeply misguided. Message aside, it's an awfully cheesy and childish book. Admit it.
Anyway, I said the DIALOGUE was wooden. The characters were flat. ;)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is the story of a man who rediscovers his humanity in a future where there is no genuine thought, no intimitate contact, no passionate emotion. His premise is interesting enough, especially in light of the present state of our culture, however his execution is embarrassingly bad.
The plot is predictable and hoaky, the characters are boringly flat, and the dialogue--perhaps the biggest drawback of the book--is wooden and unrealistic. Interspersed throughout all of this soap opera melodrama are dreary, quodlibetic references to Shakespeare, Bacon, Milton...you get the picture.
It dawned on me as I was nearing the end of this book that Bradbury could easily… Read more