Catch 22 – Great even on the Umpteenth Reread

Catch 22

Catch 22

Been re-reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, and I just had to post this absolutely amazing snippet:

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.

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.

“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka replied.”

If you haven’t read it (and like war stories with dark humor – how many are there anyway?), run to the local bookstore and get a copy. I have read it umpteen times and still chuckle at the writing…

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