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Yossarian: Those bastards are trying to kill me.
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: No one is trying to kill you sweetheart. Now eat your dessert like a good boy.
Yossarian: Oh yeah? Then why are they shooting at me Milo?
Dobbs: They’re shooting at everyone Yossarian.
Yossarian: And what difference does that make?

Catch 22 is one of those books I couldn’t get out of my head when I first read it and Yossarian is one of those fictional characters. The line “The bastards are trying to kill me” escapes my lips whenever I can throw it into conversation (which, arthritis to be honest, glaucoma isn’t that often). The above dialogue is from the film but the thoughts are the same. Yossarian is fighting a war and wants out because everyone is trying to kill him. Make sense to me.  The movie is great because Alan Arkin plays Yossarian perfectly. I keep lending my copy out and don’t know who currently has it. Also, it seems that only my male friends like this book, none of the women I have lent it to have liked it at all. Anyone else read it?

I’ve often thought of making a What Would Yossarian Do? t-shirt. Anyone want one?

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.”

“That’s some catch, that catch-22,” he observed.

“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.

 Chapter 5

I think we all feel like that sometimes.

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