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Catch-22 quotage

This book is taking me forever to read. By forever, I mean longer than a month. Geez. Anyway, I'm going to post some of my fave quotes now, because there are many.


"You're American officers. The officers of no other army in the world can make that statement. Think about it." - pg 27

"Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It's a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop or spic." Chief White Halfoat nodded slowly with conviction. -pg 44

To Yossarian, the idea of pennants as prizes was absurd. No money went with them, no class privileges. Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else. - pg 72

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three.  - pg 83

"And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways," Yossarian continued. "There's nothing so mysterious about it. He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about - a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system? What in the world was running through the warped, evil, scatological mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? - page 179

"I just heard them say they were going to disappear Dunbar."

"Why are they going to disappear him?"

"I don't know."

"It doesn't make sense. It isn't even good grammar. What the hell does it mean they disappear somebody?"
- pg 366-367


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Dec. 17th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
I love that book. I think my favorite bit (I wish I had it here with me so I could track it down verbatim) was the conversation where Yossarian says people are trying to kill him. Someone else says "no they're not!" and his response is basically "THEN WHY ARE THEY SHOOTING AT ME?!"

Only probably without the capslock because Heller didn't need cruise control for cool.
Dec. 18th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
That's literally what he says...and yes, sans caps lock. :)

I enjoy a book that forces me to attempt to think, then permits me laughter instead.
Dec. 17th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
I loooove Catch 22. It's like the most awesome of the awesome :) I've gotta read that book again soon, I've been thinking about doing so lately. It can be a tough book to read though. Stream of consciousness can be very wearing x.x I remember I read it for a class once and we had to read the entire book in a span of about three or four weeks (that is on top of all the other stuff I had to do for school). I always wished I could have spread it out over more time. I think it would have been much more enjoyable that way.

Dec. 18th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
You're right, stream of consciousness writing can be difficult to parse through. But it's all good and entertaining.

This is not a book to be read quickly, mainly because it would overwhelm the reader. It might even cause a catatonic state. Maybe. :)
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
I remember being overwhelmed by the sheer speed at which we had to read it. I mean it's nothing for me to read a book in two weeks. But on top of school work and just how heavy stream of consciousness can be, it nearly killed me ^^;;

But I loved it none the less :D Apparently there's also a sequel which I have to hunt down some day and read as well!

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