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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Apr 2018 4:46 p.m. PST

Have you read this satirical novel by American author Joseph Heller?

GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 4:49 p.m. PST

Yes, many years ago.

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 4:52 p.m. PST

Of course. It was on the banned book list, which became my high school reading list.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 4:52 p.m. PST

Yes. Several times.
There there.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 4:52 p.m. PST


It's a meh+ or so.

I was kind a young when I read it and then when I could appreciate it fully, it never clicked for me. And I am a decent fan of satire.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 5:05 p.m. PST

Tried. Never could get into it

cosmicbank21 Apr 2018 5:08 p.m. PST

No but I watched the Saturday morning Cartoon during the 70's and I have all the action figures even the B-25.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 5:19 p.m. PST

Yes. It was…okay.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 5:24 p.m. PST


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 5:33 p.m. PST

Yes. Not his best work. But then, none of his works

Daithi the Black21 Apr 2018 5:34 p.m. PST

Yes. It's how my life seems to run, too. Yossarian is a Saint to us Discordians.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 5:44 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 5:54 p.m. PST


I saw the movie when I about 13, and really didn't get it. Then I read the book at about age 16 and really did get it. Institutional absurdity was one of the themes of my high school. Then I saw the movie again in college and loved it.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 5:57 p.m. PST

back in the 70;s

joeltks Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 6:26 p.m. PST

Several times.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 6:31 p.m. PST

Yes, many years ago.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 6:51 p.m. PST

Nope. My Dad ( A Navigator on B-24 in Ww2) took me to see the Movie and we left 1/2 way through. He said it was a piece of Crap and after seeing it later In life I had have to agree with him.

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 7:02 p.m. PST

No, had better things to do with my time!

David Manley21 Apr 2018 7:17 p.m. PST

Yes, it was one of our set books at school.

Who on earth put it on a "banned" list????

Daithi the Black21 Apr 2018 7:20 p.m. PST

For those of you who saw the movie, try to forget as much of it as possible and then read the book. And then Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" while you are still in the mindset for non-sequential stories. Both are less about war and more about philosophy using war as the medium.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 7:22 p.m. PST


BuckeyeBob21 Apr 2018 7:40 p.m. PST

Yes, at least 6 times over the past 40 yrs.

Daithi +1

mghFond21 Apr 2018 8:20 p.m. PST

Yes, in college, my lit professor was crazy over it. It was alright, nothing I'd want to read again.

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian21 Apr 2018 8:47 p.m. PST

Back in the early 80s. Saw the film too. It'd probably be different if I re-read it now.


jdginaz21 Apr 2018 10:13 p.m. PST

Yes, school assignment. Waste of time and probably the worst book I've ever read.

advocate22 Apr 2018 12:53 a.m. PST

Yes. But wasn't this asked recently? Hmm, if there were a search function…

Vagamer63, so you don't read any novels?

Glengarry522 Apr 2018 1:29 a.m. PST

Yes, quite some time ago. Saw the film later.

Texas Jack22 Apr 2018 1:34 a.m. PST

Many, many times. Heller is one of my favorite writers and his body of work is really outstanding. Catch 22 was great, but my favorite is God Knows. Great stuff!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 2:15 a.m. PST

Nope and don't plan on reading it.

14Bore22 Apr 2018 3:02 a.m. PST

In high school, movie doesn't do it justice

langobard Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 4:40 a.m. PST

Yes, I enjoyed the satire on institutional insanity, but found it's relationship to war (or anti-war as we were assured it was) tangential at best.

RudyNelson22 Apr 2018 5:10 a.m. PST

Saw the movie but did not read the book.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 5:35 a.m. PST

It was influential in my college days. The only two things that stuck with me were the airman cut in half by his friend's propeller and Major Major Major. Institutional madness indeed,.

Legion 422 Apr 2018 5:40 a.m. PST

A long long time ago … Saw the movie too …

It did put the term "Catch-22" in the US jargon/lexicon I'd think …

Personal logo jrbatso Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 5:52 a.m. PST

Yes in the 1970s

Vigilant22 Apr 2018 6:03 a.m. PST

Like so many here (we are clearly an elderly bunch) I read it over 40 years ago, inn the 70s. Got the point but thought it took far too long to get to it. The only good thing about the file was watching B24s flying.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 7:23 a.m. PST

Yes, years ago.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 7:28 a.m. PST

We read it in High School. I then read it several years later and appreciated it much. And yes, saw the film as well.

boggler22 Apr 2018 7:39 a.m. PST

Yes. On a train. Very long journey.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 8:08 a.m. PST

Yes. Enjoyed it.

USAFpilot22 Apr 2018 8:10 a.m. PST

Some may be surprised to learn that it was mandatory reading in freshman English taught at the US Air Force Academy back in '80s. The author was invited to the Academy and made some rather humorous comments on how we spent 45 minutes of our lunch hour forming up and marching to the cafeteria. By the time we eventually sat down to eat there was only a few minutes left until classes started again. He saw the irony in things.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 8:45 a.m. PST

I've had to do reports on it on various courses I've been on in the past. Ended up hating it possibly not the first time but after several compulsory repeats dislike develops.


hocklermp522 Apr 2018 9:03 a.m. PST

I recall reading at the time the movie was made that virtually every flyable B-25 in the world was in it. True or not seeing them was great.

Greg G122 Apr 2018 9:21 a.m. PST

Yes, but quite a few years back though.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 11:00 a.m. PST

Yes. And Slaughterhouse Five and Castle Keep.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 4:56 p.m. PST

The planes are B-25 Mitchells, not B-24 Liberators.

Old Wolfman23 Apr 2018 6:26 a.m. PST

Never heard of an animated adaptation of it before,Cosmicbank.

doug redshirt Inactive Member23 Apr 2018 8:53 a.m. PST

Read it a couple years after being in the Air Force. Couldn't stop laughing at how things hadn't changed any 40 years later in the AF.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

Nope. I read Slaughterhouse 5 and fail to understand how it is "critically acclaimed." I found it to be a waste of time that I kept hoping was going to get better.

pvernon23 Apr 2018 11:34 a.m. PST


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