Catch-22 Book Discussion

Catch-22 is like no other novel. It is one of the funniest books ever written, a keystone work in American literature, and even added a new term to the dictionary.

At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His efforts are perfectly understandable because as he furiously scrambles, thousands of people he hasn't even met are trying to kill him. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he is committed to flying, he is trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to some one dangerously sane—a masterpiece of our time.

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  • Kate C

    So sorry to miss this time!

    May 20, 2013

  • Jasmine H.

    Hello ladies! I was so looking forward to meeting you all and discussing the book. Unfortunately, due to last min changes, I won't make it. Next time!!

    May 20, 2013

  • Steph

    sorry to cancel last minute - hope to make it to the next one!

    May 20, 2013

  • Anna

    Hi Ladies,

    Can't wait to see you tonight. If you can't make it be sure to update your RSVP. It helps me with making reservations at the restaurant. Things change and that is understandable, but it is hard to have a good discussion when there are lots of "no shows."

    May 20, 2013

  • Alli

    I have to fess up and say that I have not made it very far in this book, so I'm going to have to bow out. Have fun and see you all next time!

    May 20, 2013

  • Liz

    This will be my first meeting, but I am really looking forward to it! See you all in a few weeks.

    April 29, 2013

  • Liz G.

    Was on the waitlist last month for Atmospheric Disturbances and was bummed not to be able to go (though I loved the book!) And I work til 7:30 on May 20th. Again Bummed. Determined to make it in June.

    April 25, 2013

  • Kate C

    Excited to meet everyone and discuss this bizarre book!

    April 23, 2013

  • Leah

    This will be my first time with the book club! Can't wait!

    April 23, 2013

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