Book :: Catch-22

By: Joseph Heller
Pages: 453
Published: Nov 10th, 1961
Genre(s): War
Historical Fiction
Rating: (30)


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Explosive, subversive, wild and funny, 50 years on the novel's strength is undiminished. Reading Joseph Heller's classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage. Set in the closing months of World War II, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. His real problem is not the enemy - it...

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Ninett Ninett

May 5th, 2019

Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

This seems to be a book that many people enjoyed but for me it was annoying, crude in places and just not an enjoyable read. I couldn't finish it, and there are few books I don't read to the end.

Jan 21st, 2019

forline forline

love, hate relationship with this book

Nov 6th, 2017

justinwolfe82 justinwolfe82

I've read this book twice, and I found it enjoyable both times around.

May 26th, 2017

red13x red13x

Catch-22 is a good book, albeit confusing at times. At the half-way point I finally started to enjoy it, so it is worth persevering if you're not sure about it at first!

Dec 29th, 2016

zk21 zk21

Oct 28th, 2016

hauerfarm hauerfarm

Sep 11th, 2016

Hammer2665 Hammer2665

Aug 25th, 2016

Jsscnewman Jsscnewman

So so so funny!!

Jul 2nd, 2015

bryanoz bryanoz

Jun 4th, 2015

funkygman007 funkygman007

Mar 11th, 2015

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Feb 7th, 2015

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Jan 13th, 2015

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Dec 12th, 2014

sharon sharon

Dec 7th, 2014

mecantno mecantno

Sep 8th, 2014

martin63 martin63

Jul 3rd, 2014

sanayhs sanayhs

May 9th, 2014

bodicea iceni bodicea iceni

Pleasantly confusing!

May 3rd, 2014


Amazing. Takes some time to get used to language and character details can be difficult to remember, yet still, amazing.

Dec 23rd, 2013

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Dec 17th, 2013

lenin tom lenin tom

Oct 15th, 2013

lgaston99 lgaston99

I greatly enjoyed this book. The dark humor and shenanigans that fill this book are great and sometimes unexpected. Recommended read.

Oct 14th, 2013

Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

This was my second read of Catch-22 and I had to bump a star here. It's an out-and-out ridiculously illogical mess of paradoxes set during the Second World War and takes potshots at the way American military works. Some of the dialogues here are legendary and if I ever have a third child and he's a boy I'll name him Yossarian. Catch-22 is a book you need to read every few years. (

Sep 10th, 2013

bdunk23 bdunk23

good dirty ridiculousness.

Jul 30th, 2013

jwag5 jwag5

Never have I laughed out loud at a novel as much as with "Catch-22". Instantly it has become one of my favorite pieces of literature. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.

Jun 29th, 2013

doyoulistentoyourclassicalrecords doyoulistentoyourclassicalrecords

love the flashback/ flash forward way it's written in. Perfect blend of hilarious and shocking

Jun 6th, 2013

rconawa rconawa

This book can be a little hard to follow but it tells a great story and anyone who has ever been in the military will laugh at the "spot on" descriptions of military logic. Worth reading.

Mar 25th, 2013

jdbosel jdbosel

I think this may have been one of the most confusing books I've ever read. This was my initial reaction while reading Catch-22. There was so much repetition of theme and activity, and so much dissension from an established timeline that it was hard to place characters, times, and events. I made it about a third of the way through the book being completely lost when I had to fall back on watching the movie to help get an idea of what I was supposed to be reading. After seeing the film, I was able to go off a framework to sort out the chaos and found myself really being able to immerse myself in a very well-written story depicting the true insanity of war through a dark comedic writing style. This book is not for everyone, but if you are able to wrap your head around the writing style, you will find a lot of satisfaction in this darkly humorous read. (If you are too confused, watch the movie which is pretty faithful to the text, but as is usually the case, the book is better.)

Feb 15th, 2013

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Feb 14th, 2013

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77th on 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph

11th on The Big Read by BBC

5th on Books of the Century by Waterstone

19th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek

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