Catch-22 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Yossarian is a bombardier fighting in World War II for the US Army but his one wish is to stop fighting as a bombardier, in fact, to stop fighting completely in WWII for the US Army - especially as everybody is already out to kill him - or so he thinks. In trying to escape the rigours of military life, Yossarian begins to realise that madness may be bad but sanity, it seems, is even worse.
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The review of this Book prepared by bonzai

Heller's terribly funny (and moral) comic novel set on a Mediterranean Island in the Second World War portrays all the contradictions, craziness, and stupidity of war -- any war -- and by extension, human life itself. Yossarian, a well-meaning but naive Everyman, wants to get out of the war, and tries to find some way to do it. A variety of weird and eccentric supporting characters make that difficult for him, but in a hugely entertaining way for the reader. A 20th century classic.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Joseph Heller's famous comic novel (number seven, overall) about Yossarian, a WWII bombadeer who only wants to come out of the war alive. It's a brilliant display of circular logic, and one of the funniest books ever written. The dialog is probably its best feature.
The review of this Book prepared by David J. Peterson

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   soldier Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, WW II

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Water?    -   Yes Air?    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Lot of foul language?    -   Yes

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