Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller has the honor of its title becoming a true “catchphrase” in American Slang, and, sources say, a line in a Metallica song. A Catch-22 can be defined as “a general situation in which an individual has to accomplish two actions which are mutually dependent on the other action being completed first”. It’s a fairly good, if somewhat strange book. These reviewers don’t think this “Catch” is very fresh:

I can’t get through “Dracula” either and that’s just as highly praised, if not more so than “Catch 22”.

…and:

There are many myths that persist in modern life. One myth is that war is “meaningless”, “useless”, or “insane.” Another myth is that Catch-22 is a good book.

…and:

Just because some art freak with oily skin and a funny hat says a book is good, doesn’t make it an American classic. For lack of a better word, this book sucked.

…and:

many charecter.. hard readering. i could have summerized the point in a bout half a sentence

…and:

I has read this novel for a English Class in collage and I found it absolutely mortifying.

…and:

Obviously, a lot people were smoking a lot of weed in the sixties to think this thing is worth reading.

…but at least we now we know where Scott Adams got his inspiration:

The book is basically Dilbert in World War II.

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