Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

For the second month in a row there was unanimity among members- everyone had given up on reading the book. One did say she intended to go back to it.

Generally members felt that although a classic with its title passing into common currency, the book was poor. Comments included unfunny, too complicated with too many characters, masculine, old fashioned feel, and too much jargon. It was felt to have little plot and one Yossarian’s dilemma hads been enunciated there was little else of interest.

Often seen as a comic book it was too relentlessly silly with few good jokes. Attempting to extract humour from juxtaposition of names and ranks such as Major Major was rather pathetic.

One member summed it up by suggesting the book was like Marmite in attracting polar opposites of attraction or repulsion. The group was repelled.


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