Catch 22 # Joseph Heller, like many educated Americans served in the Second World War. His novel, like Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, attempts to show the utter senselessness of war. In some ways it owes its heritage to The Iliad. It is an absurdist novel that refuses to adhere to traditional rules. The time sequence is random, chaotic, circular and therefore confusing. For a war novel, it begins with Yossarian’s declaration: “It was love at first sight!
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