Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

About the book

Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him.

Reviewed by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Group:

A book similar to the TV series Mash. Difficult to read as events were not in a linear sequence and members could not identify with the characters. Enjoyed 30-40 years ago when it was a ground breaking book, but now seeming somewhat dated.

Star rating: **

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3 thoughts on “Catch 22 by Joseph Heller”

  1. Review by Wednesday Reading Group:
    Divided opinion. ‘Mash’ Meers, Woody Allen? Anti-war, black humour, unforgettable characters. good to know the origins of this well known phrase.
    Star rating: no ratings.

  2. Review by New Forest – Waterside U3A Theatre and Literature:
    A novel which was clearly breaking ground when it was first published, does not wear well. Although the themes (the futility of war, the incompetence of leadership and the deviousness of commerce) are in some ways as pertinent today as they must have been in 1955 – 1961, perhaps due to our greater exposure through the media to the reality of the unreasonableness of society, almost without exception our readers made heavy weather of the book. Not all found the humour funny, many were confused by the large cast of characters and the general feeling was that the story and its import could, today benefit from very rigorous editing.
    Star rating: **

  3. Review by Palestine Book Club
    A great book for discussion. You will either love it or hate it. A classic anti-war book with lots of humour.
    Star rating: ****

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