Chapters Read: 19. Colonel Cathcart, 20. Corporal Whitcomb, 21. General Dreedle
Page reached:: 209 of 448 (46.65%).
Status Report: In my recent review of Primer, I wrote: “I’m a total sucker for movies that break open your head and punch you in the brain, so Primer was right up my alley. … It’s one of those films, like Memento and Mulholland Dr., that pretty much necessitates repeated viewing.” These movies have come to be known as “puzzle films,” because rather than simply handing the audience a linear narrative, the director instead distributes clues throughout the picture like a farmer throwing seeds into a field. It’s up to the viewer to find all the relevant information and piece it back together, to have any hope of understanding the plot.
Now, here’s a passage from General Dreedle:
Major _____ de Coverley was an ominous, incomprehensible presence who kept him constantly on edge and of whom even Colonel Korn tended to be wary. Everyone was afraid of him, and no one knew why. No one even knew Major _____ de Coverley's first name, because no one had ever had the temerity to ask him.
At long last we know what the underscores are about. And the reader is learning additional details about other previously underexplained events as well … so long as he’s alert enough to spot ’em.
This aspect of Catch-22 really appeals to me. Though it’s unlikely that I’m going to immediately read the book a second and third time after completion, to see what I missed the first time through.