CATCH 22: The Book

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  1. kbold

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    I would say it's allegorical.
    Mind you I read it about 4 decades ago. Maybe time to reread it.
     
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    Major Major Major Major's promotion via IBM was a sobering foreshadowing of the effects and control of technology on our lives today.

    Just a great book, all-around. I may have to go dig out the paperback copy I bought in high school 40 years ago. My maternal grandfather was in the 15th Air Force in WWII, of which Heller's 256th would have been a part. Reading it makes me remember him fondly.
     
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    It wasn't really praise either.
     
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    I loved that book. The scene that comes to mind now is the soldier bandaged from head to foot with a bottle of liquid above dripping into him and a bottle below. When one was empty the other was full and they were simply switched. It’s black humor I know but there you go.
     
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    In college, thought it was great.
     
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    I read it a very long time ago and probably remember more from the movie than the book. I did like it. Player Piano was my favorite of his books.
     
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    That's by Kurt Vonnegut. But maybe we can work in a discussion of his book "Slaughterhouse Five."
     
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    Yeah, a classic story and well written that everyone should read. It was required in an English class of mine. @getbent and @Skully sum it up better than I can.

    “He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt”.

    “Allegorical “ is not the term I would use either.

    I put Heller up with Steinbeck as writers of great American novels.
     
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    I never read "Closing Time", though.

    Any good? Anyone?
     
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    I was just thinking that I've never read anything else by Joseph Heller, even though I own the books.
     
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    I am pretty sure I once read Something Happened, but I can’t recall anything from it that may have happened.
     
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    Well, I just found my old copy and it is, indeed...old. Pages are that toasty brown color and some are detaching from the spine and falling out.

    So, jumped on Amazon and I have a hardcover version on the way as a replacement. I'll never pass up an excuse for a new book. :)
     
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    Been a long time since I read it, good though, bits of it still remain in my mind. I think mine was a paper one, - not made from allegory skin.
     
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    Read it once in college just for pleasure, not for an assignment.
    I remember liking it, but not much else about it.
    I should hunt down another copy.
     
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    Read it back in high school, literally 50+ years ago......I remember the very basic premise of "Catch 22" but little else. Probably need to read it again.
    Like The World According To Garp.........
     
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    I don’t analyze books. Takes the fun out of it for me. I enjoyed it, though. Funny and insane.

    Another book I read not long ago that I had no idea would be as funny as it was was Lolita.
     
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