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February and March 2014 - Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

posted Feb 13, 2014, 7:00 PM by Jeff Nichols   [ updated Apr 13, 2014, 7:05 PM ]
Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

Review: We set a record for not talking about the book.  Only one person read it completely.  It is a tough book to get through, because it is long and there is not a commensurate payoff for the effort.