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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ping-ping-clicka, Sep 14, 2021.
I would say it's allegorical.
Mind you I read it about 4 decades ago. Maybe time to reread it.
My Peter Principal put me in My Erroneous Zone a couple of times
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.
It wasn't really praise either.
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.
"I yearn for you tragically, A.T. Tappman, Chaplain, U.S. Army."
I think I've been insulted! Or something.
In college, thought it was great.
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.
That's by Kurt Vonnegut. But maybe we can work in a discussion of his book "Slaughterhouse Five."
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.
I never read "Closing Time", though.
Any good? Anyone?
I was just thinking that I've never read anything else by Joseph Heller, even though I own the books.
I am pretty sure I once read Something Happened, but I can’t recall anything from it that may have happened.
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.
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.
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.
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.........
“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
- Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
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.