NaNoReMo 2007: Catch-22 Syllabus

Okay, you know what? Reading this book is going to be easy peesy. My copy of Catch-22 starts on page 15 and ends on 463. That’s 448 pages in total. Round up to 450, divide by the 30 days in November–15 pages a day. No sweat.

Of course, your book may have different pagination, so we’ll go by chapters. I plan to write about Catch-22 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in November, which works out like this:

Date Chapters To Be Discussed
November 2nd Chapter 1: The Texan
Chapter 2: Clevinger
Chapter 3: Havermeyer
Chapter 4: Doc Daneeka
November 5th Chapter 5: Chief White Halfoat
Chapter 6: Hungry Joe
Chapter 7: McWatt
Chapter 8: Lieutenant Scheisskopf
November 7th Chapter 9: Major Major Major Major
Chapter 10: Wintergreen
November 9th Chapter 11: Captain Black
Chapter 12: Bologna
Chapter 13: Major – De Coverely
November 12th Chapter 14: Kid Sampson
Chapter 15: Piltchard and Wren
Chapter 16: Lucina
Chapter 17: The Soldier in White
Chapter 18: The Soldier Who Saw Everything Twice
November 14th Chapter 19: Colonel Cathcart
Chapter 20: Corporal Whitcomb
Chapter 21: General Dreedle
November 16th Chapter 22: Milo the Mayor
Chapter 23: Nately’s Old Man
November 19th Chapter 24: Milo
Chapter 25: The Chaplain
Chapter 26: Aarfy
November 21st Chapter 27: Nurse Duckett
Chapter 28: Dobbs
November 23rd Chapter 29: Peckem
Chapter 30: Dunbar
Chapter 31: Mrs. Daneeka
Chapter 32: Yo-Yo’s Roomies
November 26th Chapter 33: Nately’s Whore
Chapter 34: Thanksgiving
Chapter 35: Milo the Militant
Chapter 36: The Cellar
Chapter 37: General Scheisskopf
November 28th Chapter 38: Kid Sister
Chapter 39: The Eternal City
Chapter 40: Catch-22
November 30th Chapter 41: Snowden
Chapter 42: Yossarian

Now let’s take a moment to briefly review the NaNoReMo rules. Ha, sike! There are no rules. Start reading the book early, finish late, translate the thing into Klingon as you go–I don’t care.

But I intend to adhere to the above schedule. If you are reading along, we’d love for you to join in the conversation, either by chiming in on the threads I initiate on the designated days, or by posting your thoughts on your own site and sending me the link (which I will compile and include in my posts).

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20 comments.

  1. No. Please god no. I slacked off in high-school for a reason.

  2. 15 pages a day? No sweat. The first ten chapters are going to suck, though, because I hate re-reading books within three years or so.

  3. OMG, I copied your exact words without realizing it. I need to get more sleep.

  4. My copy from Amazon arrived over a week ago.

    Is it cheating to start early?

  5. For extra credit, try to compile a timeline of the events in the novel. (Heller acknowledged he used one to keep things straight in his mind, and a scholar has reconstructed it, somewhere very obscure…)

  6. I’m a little sorry I was already signed up and gung-ho about NoNoWRIMo when I was directed to your site. I’d totally be reading along (and if it didn’t sound so daunting to do both, I would). This idea rocks.

  7. I can’t believe this last trip around the sun has gone by so quickly. It was a year ago that I discovered your site. I remember being so impressed that you were reading Mody Dick (one of those greats I live in shame of having never read) and writing about it. Yes, I noticed when you gave it up. Perhaps think about moving your NaNoReMo to another month other than that of NaBloPoMo or NaNoWriMo. Let every month have a theme, and we’ll read, write and party our way around the sun one more time.

  8. Hm, I may just have to join in on this one, if I can find my copy of the book….

  9. I started reading your blog last year just before you announced Nanoremo and it locked me in. I did my own NaNoReMo last year as a result of giving up on NaNoWriMo halfway through the month, and I wound up finishing Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov in 20 days. It was a great exercise!

    I plan to do my own again this year, except with A Canticle For Liebowitz. I’m so glad that you picked Catch-22, can’t wait for it to get started.

  10. Wow, I’m a slow reader, so it would never occur to me to join in on this venture. But you just happened to pick one of my favorite novels. Maybe I will play along.

  11. Cool! I think i’m a sucker for clubs. I’m already doing NaBloPoMo and another site is hosting Art Every Day Month. I read a lot anyway so why not on a schedule! I’ll have to go get a copy quick.

  12. My Capitan, My Capitan!
    well, I’m going to pick my copy up this weekend to be fully prepared and I’m going to try, TRY, to keep up on my own blog as well… we’ll see if that happens… I was crying with laughter last year during the MD excursion so I can’t wait.

  13. I’m in. Read it in high school, and always wanted to give it another try. Now if my trading partner on Bookins would only rush me the copy… C’mon USPS!

  14. I’m in.

  15. Me too! :)

  16. I found Catch-22 to be a great read, partly because it wasn’t compulsory at the time that I read it. I couldn’t finish the sequel, though. Bleah.

    And Ryan, I just read A Canticle for Leibowitz this year– actually several slow starts, but stick with it– it has a very rewarding and provoking ending.

  17. Purchased my copy today, at independent bookstore prices, so you know i’m serious! I did get a lovely free cup of hazelnut coffee while I was there, so there’s something… who knows if I’ll be able to keep up on posting too, but I’m following along with the rest of the crowd! Good reading all.

  18. I love Catch 22 – and I’ve got two whole days to either find my copy or check it out of the library. I’m in!

  19. Count me it too! I just picked up a copy from the library at lunch today. Can we start or are we all trying to go at the same pace….

  20. I’m already committed to writing so much during November but, you know what? Bring it. I’m in.