Catch-22: Analysis

Warning: spoilers and politics. When describing the prose and plot of Catch-22, it's nearly impossible to avoid the word "circular." Circular writing, circular reasoning, circular logic. Things are because they are because they are. At first I though Heller was just using this style for humorous effect, much as my grandfather's letter did. But, reading on, it became clear that

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Catch-22: Chapters 33-37

Chapters Read: 33. Nately's Whore, 34, Thanksgiving, 35. Milo the Militant, 36. The Cellar, 37. General Scheisskopf Page reached:: 377 of 448 (84.15%). Status Report: Holy smokes, the bodies are starting to pile up. In the last 50 pages this book his gone from Hogan's Heroes to Platoon. Not that that's a bad thing. After a hundred pages of holding

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Catch-22: Chapters 24-32

Chapters Read: 24. Milo, 25. The Chaplain, 26. Aarfy, 27. Nurse Duckett, 28. Dobbs, 29. Peckem, 30. Dunbar, 31. Mrs. Daneeka, 32. Yo-Yo's Roomies Page reached:: 335 of 448 (74.78%). Status Report: Sorry about the hiatus in status reports, folks. I spent much of last weekend reading Michael E. McCullough's papers on gratitude in preparation for my Morning News essay

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Catch-22: Chapters 22 & 23

Chapters Read:22. Milo the Mayor, 23. Nately's Old Man Page reached:: 235 of 448 (52.46%). Status Report: In the last thread, Greg remarked: "Is anyone else finding their humor being infected by the circular logic and non sequiturs used in the book? The witty remarks I make daily to friends and colleagues have started to sound like dialog from Catch-22."

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Catch-22: Chapters 19-21

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

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Catch-22: Chapters 14-18

Chapters Read:14. Kid Sampson, 15. Piltchard and Wren, 16. Lucina, 17. The Soldier in White, 18. The Soldier Who Saw Everything Twice Page reached:: 171 of 448 (38.17%). Status Report: A few welcome diversions in this block of chapters, fueling speculation that this thing might have a plot after all. Piltchard and Wren contains an actual action sequence. Lucina, meanwhile,

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Catch-22: Chapters 11-13

Chapters Read: 11. Captain Black, 12. Bologna, 13. Major ______ De Coverely Page reached:: 124 of 448 (27.68%). Status Report: Folks are dropping out of NaNoReMo left and right. I guess since I, the founder of NaNoReMo, dropped out of it myself last year, everyone is allowed one bail. But next year when we read Ulysses: no quitters. Well too

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Catch-22: Chapters 9 & 10

Chapters Read: 9. Major Major Major Major, 10. Wintergreen Page reached:: 105 of 448 (23.44%). Status Report: So far I have compared Heller's writing style to Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, and Abbot and Costello. And yet, the whole time, I have had a nagging feeling in the back of my mind that there was some other author

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Catch-22: Chapters 5-8

Chapters Read: 5. Chief White Halfoat, 6. Hungry Joe, 7. McWatt, 8. Lieutenant Scheisskopf Page reached:: 76 of 448 (16.96%). Status Report: On the one hand, the "Who's On First" routine is getting wearisome; on the other, the book is a pretty easy read ("because of" or "despite of" the schtick, I haven't yet decided), so I'm not sure it

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Catch-22: Chapters 1-4

Chapters Read: 1. The Texan; 2. Clevinger; 3. Havermeyer; 4. Doc Daneeka Page reached:: 33 of 448 (7.37%). Status Report:There was a urologist for his urine, a lymphologist for his lymph, an endocrinologist for his endocrines, a psychologist for his psyche, a dermatologist for his derma; there was a pathologist for his pathos, a cystologist for his cysts, and a

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