Now, everyone has always told me that Catch-22 is an absolute must-read and everything. But I had no idea it was so BIZARRE. I mean, it’s really outrageous. And it’s supposed to be, I can see. It’s definitely outrageous to the point that it’s hilarious, but it’s set in a context that one must never laugh about – war.
Overall I feel like the book means to make the reader uncomfortable, and Heller does this well. And he really is the master of unexpected juxtaposition. You’ll read a sentence where he tells you what the characters say or feel, and the next sentence completely contradicts that. He really keeps you on your toes the whole time just with simple tricks like that. It’s completely unnerving – and even more impressive because of that!