Well, I wanted to know where the phrase "Catch-22" came from. I consider myself a smart person, and I'm a copy editor by trade, but I tend to like books I can sort of be absorbed by, not books where you are constantly aware you are reading because you have to work at it. That's just my preference, maybe because I read plenty of boring things for a living and when I get my dinner break I want to read something else.
I thought this book was really amusing, and I generally enjoyed it. But I also felt it that it never fully pulled me in -- I was pretty much always aware that I was reading and never got lost in it.
It was weird for me that I could so much enjoy and dislike reading a book simultaneously. In the end, I quit reading it because I felt like there was no plot. Maybe one developed later, but the whole part I read was just talking about this character or that character -- if I had to tell you what was happening in the book, well, nothing was happening. So, as much as I hate to not finish something I've started, I had to heed my mother's advice: "Life's to short to read a bad book." I wouldn't call this a bad book by any means, but maybe not my style.
"Catch-22" is a classic war satire and while some aspects of it are a little dated, it still rings very true in the contemporary political climate. Heller's characters are all quirky, intense and unique, but their conversations and actions really penetrate the absurdity of war and are very entertaining.
Both humorous and deadly serious. Some say it is the beginning of postmodernism in fiction. The scene where Yossarian walks the streets of Rome is worth the price of admission.
I read this book because a fellow-reader told me it was one of the greatest books ever written! Okay, so he exagerated. It is funny and clever and is responsible for making a permanent addition to American slang. I found it a bit confusing to follow all the characters, but, all in all, it was a good read.
The novel is long, but contains a lot of humor and irony. For a war book, there isn't a lot of military action! Worth reading.