Catch 22

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 by Vikas Tagged:

Since ever since me starting posting a movie review on the blog I have been thinking of posting reviewes of good books and movies and other things I do. But for the first is an already written review of mine of Catch 22

Author: Joseph Heller

Published in: 1961


This novel requires no introduction, nor does it need my alleged ‘review’. How often have you used the term “Catch 22” in life? Have you ever thought of the genesis of this term? We can search for the genesis but while trying to interpret the same, we are at a loss. Is it something beyond description?

Catch-22 is about war and its fallacies and how it never pays and how it’s foolish and all that.

Yes but it’s also funny. You have Yossarin, our protagonist who is an indolent bombardier. No wonder he was employed to fly the fighter and there is no guarantee to return alive. On records, Yossarin and others were fighting against the enemy of the state. But in real sense, Yossarin’s foe was the one who is pushing him toward the mishap. He tries every trick in the book to get out of flying, but is repeatedly thwarted. His superiors keep raising the number of required missions just when he thinks he’s finished, and he can’t even go home on grounds of mental instability because ‘Catch-22’ prevents it. The Flight Doctor says that to get out of flying missions, all you have to do is ask to be declared insane. The eponymous Catch, however, is a bureaucratic clause stating that anyone sane enough to try and preserve their life by getting out of combat duty, must be sane enough to carry out said duty and therefore cannot be signed off. The primordial human psyche to save their lives is the guiding spirit of Yossarin.
The story is told as a series of seemingly unrelated events, in no particular order, with flashbacks to events that happened at some unspecified point in the past and glimpses of events which apparently haven’t happened yet, all joined together with random incidents, descriptions and anecdotes. It’s absolute chaos. It isn’t until you’ve virtually read the whole book that any of it makes any sense, and even then, you need a good memory to piece together all the different threads of storyline and relate them back to significant events earlier in the book. You can go around asking people if they understand catch-22 and i doubt if many did (I didn’t) I mean i understood it but I didn’t ’understand’ it.

After reading it I surely can say this there would be an itch at the back of your mind : how the Hell did Heller organize his material? Did he just sit down each day and batter it out? Or did he have some kind of story-board pinned to his study wall?

An immensely funny and satirical novel by heller this one is a sure read if someone does read seriously.

Read this and you will surely want to read it.:-

They’re trying to kill me,” Yossarian told him calmly.

“No one’s trying to kill you,” Clevinger cried.

“Then why are they shooting at me?” Yossarian asked.

“They’re shooting at everyone,” Clevinger answered.

“They’re trying to kill everyone.” “And what difference does that make?”

P.S : I gave this review to Sanskar as well for BSP.


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