Book Title: Catch-22
Author: Joseph Keller
Book Page count: 476
Review Word count: 579
Catch-22 Book review
Hey guys, the title isn’t trolling, this really is the last book review I’ll do here ): It has been a bunch of good times and I sincerely thank anyone who has read any post I have made. I’m so surprised that anyone actually read any of this outside of my class and you guys have been awesome. Anyway, enough of all the mushy emotional nonsense, let’s review this book before one of us starts crying ):
Catch-22 is a book like no other. It is my favorite war book of all time, and one of the greatest American novels of all time. What this book did so well was taken a concept in war and present it in a different way. When most people think of war, our minds think of darkness and atrocities. Catch-22 does not shy away from this, but Joseph Heller has seen all types of war books before and essentially said with this book, what if we do it this way? What other books can take one of the worst events in all of human history (WWII) and make it fun and funny? Joseph Heller is obvious in his satire which makes the story so much funnier. But throughout all of this, the book is still meaningful and extremely powerful. Catch 22 uses its uniqueness to push the message that war is ridiculous, better than any other book I have ever read. Which brings up an interesting idea.
Doing things differently than it has been done before is the single most important thing in all of writing. Writing is another plane of existence where you’re in complete control. There are no rules, no right, no wrong. The only thing that exists, is what you want to do. Why would write some cliche that has been done before? Naturally, when you write, you’re style will mimic the books you have read. It will seem like you’re reading an author that you’ve read before. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it differently. Consider this. A lot of people can write well. Just as good, if not better than you right now. So just write the most ridiculous and unique story you can, that stays true to you. Be weird but stick to the things you like. Because as catch-22 proves when you do thing unique and you let your real personality bleed the pages you can get your point across much better.
“The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”- -Joseph Heller, Catch-22
The book is absurd. And it uses that to push it’s main message, that war itself is absurd and ridiculous. What sense does it make that we live on a relatively small rock traveling at thousand of miles in the vast emptiness of space and we kill and murder our only friends in this universe? When you get down to the core concept, war is fucking ridiculous.
Alright people, it has been so amazingly awesome. I have woken up at three, four, or five in the morning nearly every review. It has been awesome and I wouldn’t change a thing. I think I will make one last post but that’s pretty much just going to be a big thank you. So, I hope all of your beautiful faces have great times and continue being awesome, thank for reading! (:
PS. all gifs were taken from Imgur and the book cover was taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7