Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (Book Review)

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

187880Format: Paperback

Source: Borrowed from friend

Publisher: Vintage

Genres: Classics, Fiction, Historical Fiction, War

Publication Date: 7th February 2005

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him. Joseph Heller’s bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man’s efforts to survive it.

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My Thoughts & Review

Oh my gosh, I made it to the end of this book, it felt like it has taken me forever to read and to write this review.

It was such a crazy read. I found everything about this book to be crazy. But, strangely at the same time I wanted to carry on reading till the end.

At the beginning of the book I got very confused and lost with the story and the events that were happening as everything was going back and forth in time. I did eventually get into the flow of things and then it wasn’t as bad.  I found it difficult to make sense of the story. I think this was mainly because of the way it was written a bit haphazardly.

The story is told from different viewpoints from the different characters and some of the stories felt like they were repeated too much and because of this at times I did start to lose interest in the book.

All the characters seemed to be mad, every single one of them. In fact, I found them so crazy that they started to become annoying.

Sadly, this book wasn’t for me and I won’t be likely to be re-reading or adding to my classics collection. But, at least I can say I’ve read it. I will be handing back the copy I just finished back to my friend. Personally, another book that I wouldn’t recommend out of choice, but it’s worth giving it ago as I do know people who really loved this book, and kept telling me to read it and that was one of the reasons it was on my TBR list.

I would like to thank Sunny, who I buddy read this book with as part of the April TBR twins on Goodreads, and to my friend Georgina who leant me her copy of this book. 

My Rating

💙1/2

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!


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