I’ve been meaning to read Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, for years, and I have finally gotten around to it. I just finished it yesterday after reading it obsessively for the last few days. It has to be one of the funniest books I have ever read. I don’t even remember how many times someone stared at me because I was laughing uncontrollably on the subway, coffee shop, or walking down the street (yes this book was so good I often read it whilst walking down the street). There were more laugh out loud moments than most comedies. Besides being hilarious the book was also pretty deep. The book, for those that don’t know, is about bomber pilots in World War II. Invariably when you add war and death to a book it’s going to be deep; but Heller does it in a way that doesn’t get the reader depressed. The book has everything from an anti-war message to hilarious stories about Italian whores. If you are looking for a new book to read make it this one; and if you’re already reading a book make this one a priority to read next. There are a literally tons of great scenes in this book; unfortunately I couldn’t find my favorite online–I’m way too lazy to type it–so instead I will post one of the best that I could find online enjoy.
Jun 25 2008