What to Read: Catch-22


Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


Welcome to the 256th Squadron of the Twenty-Seventh Air Force, where nothing’s more relative than sanity. As World War II draws to a close, Captain Yossarian and his squad are subjected to the whims of Colonel Cathcart, who continues to increase their number of dangerous missions in pursuit of becoming a general. Yossarian is determined to survive the war and has set to work on being discharged on grounds of insanity . But how do you prove your crazy when everyone else is just as insane, and the sane ones are considered even crazier?

Overall Impressions 

Told from the alternating perspectives of an extraordinary and unforgettable cast, I absolutely fell in love with this book. It’s smart, funny, and still undoubtedly relevant to today’s climate. Amidst the darkness of war, Heller finds a way to bring humor through satirical paradoxes and irony while making a powerful statement on the consequences of war and mishandled authority. As for those characters I mentioned? Phenomenal. Whether you love to love them, or love to hate them, it’s nearly impossible not to grow attached to the crazy bunch of soldiers that make up the 256th, from conman-cook Milo to painfully average Major Major Major Major. I recommend Catch-22 to anyone loves classic, poignant satire.

Happy Reading!


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