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Monday, 14 December 2009

Joseph Heller's Catch 22

Joseph Heller's classic anti-war work was published in 1961. Click on the link below for the 1962 review of Catch 22 from the Socialist Standard.

"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle. "That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed. "It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed. "

See 1962 review here

1 comment:

  1. It is an absolute must read.

    It kept me laughing till the very end. An excellent satire on the bureaucracy in the army and the way humans react to absurd situations...

    The fact that the phrase "catch-22"as used by us today comes from this book shows the impact it has had on literature....