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Shvoong Home>Books>Catch 22 Review

Catch 22

Book Review   by:vijit jain     Original Author: Joseph Heller
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The thing about this extraordinary book is that no matter how many times you read it, there is always something new you can discover in the interpretations of the seemingly absurd things that every character seems to be doing. While you are still in the first few chapters, if you haven't been initiated yet to the world of modernist writers like James Joyce and the like you might think that either the world in the book is supposed to be filled with crazy people or that something must be terribly wrong with the author. How else do you explain Yossarian's weird fixations, his strange clique of friends who each have a different story to tell ofcourse and the levity which the narration of the world war is dealt with. But if you successfully chart the intellectually challenging first few pages( here I am talking about people who, like me, are voracious readers but till not so far ago there idea of excellent reads extended merely to the likes of Grisham,Ludlum.Forsyth , fantasies and the classics.) it becomes a joyride. the language is by far the best I have read.
There is the most excellent use of the English lexicon and it is almost a pleasure to read out the passages to yourself. The words are beautiful and their formulation together is so flawless it is almost poetic. Each chapter takes the story across a spectrum of time looking at the war and the years before it through the eyes of the various privates of a battleunit stationed in Italy, its chaplain and some generals ,all of the american army, there is the morally upright friend, the oppurtuinist who makes a heyday of the sordid war , the chaplain who experiences an identity crisis of sorts because he lacks the respect of his parishioners and there is ofcourse one of the greatest characters ever fashioned. For anyone who wishes to claim the title of having been well read can simply not not read this cover. Its a gem of a book if there ever was one.
Published: October 23, 2005   
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