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It’s the impossible situation.

      I love the humor in this book. Really, honestly, if you cannot find humor in Catch-22, I don’t know that I can respect you (Read: If you know me on a personal level, I tend to be very forgiving, and furthermore, if you never bring it up I probably won’t think to ask). Everything about the book is so contradictory, yet at the same time, it expresses truths about human nature that most people have trouble putting into words. Yossarian may seem to be crazy because he is convinced that everyone is trying to kill him, but isn’t that what war is? This ridiculous idea which seems so paranoid to a reader that isn’t thinking about it shows just how ridiculous war itself is. Heller is a satirical genius, and his work is brilliant. 

For your reading enjoyment, here are my favorite Catch-22 quotes:

“There then followed a hectic jurisdictional dispute between these overlords that was decided in General Dreedle’s favor by ex-PFC Wintergreen, mail clerk at Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters. Wintergreen determined the outcome by throwing all communications from General Peckem into the wastebasket. He found them too prolix. General Dreedle’s views, expressed in a less pretentious literary style, pleased ex-PFC Wintergreen and were sped along by him in zealous observance of regulations. General Dreedle was victorious by default.”

“Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three.”

“But I make a profit of three and a quarter cents an egg by selling them for four and a quarter cents an egg to the people in Malta I buy them from for seven cents an egg. Of course, I don’t make the profit. The syndicate makes the profit. And everybody has a share.” Chapter 22, pg. 241

“He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.”

“Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?”

“That crazy bastard may be the only sane one left.”

More to come.

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Yes, that is me with my copy of Catch-22.

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