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  • Writer's pictureEli Allison

Catch 22

Updated: Mar 29, 2018

I ain’t gunna lie to you lovelies, I love books like Shere Khan loved reasonably priced all you can eat man-flesh buffets. But such feelings cannot be contained, hence 'Book Bio's' was birthed from my obsessive spine cracking grubby mind.

These are my favourite and best books. Books I’d pick over boyfriends, books I’d sell my soul for, books I'd shiv any mo-mo that got close.

This week is Catch 22, the Captain John Yossarian has a problem, about 18 million men are trying to kill him.



Round up:

Captain John Yossarian is the deviously dark anti-hero of this fictional WW2 novel. Set in Italy 1943 the story follows the crews of the U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardiers and their never ending quest to get home.

Why it’s Great:

The dark humour and clever prose are weaved so beautifully through the paragraphs that every time you turn the page your fingertips are stained black from following the text so closely. You think it's a war book, and it is... but it's also a satire on bureaucracy. Massive props on singly handily creating the phrase 'Catch-22', synonyms for an absurd choice.

Best Time to Read:

While you’re camped out at an anti-war protest and you haven’t had a shower for 6 days, and you’re just about to run out of toilet paper. Power to the people! And soap. Soap to the people!

Dinner Party Prat Fact:

Before getting published Heller worked as a blacksmith’s apprentice, a messenger boy, and a filing clerk.

Best Quote:

“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, that specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of the clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.”  

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