There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's 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 were 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.
Just finished Catch-22, and its brilliant heh. The fact that I'm currently serving NS just adds to the flavour of the book heh.
I personally find a few things in particular that make Catch-22 special. It doesn't actually have a real organised 'plot' per se. Well yes in a way there is, but it seems to jump around in chronology and perspectives so much that one hardly has any idea what is going on until the pieces start falling together like a puzzle being fitted.
The other thing is its apparently absurd logic. For example: "The case against Clevinger was open and shut. The only thing missing was something to charge him with." The reasoning and logic as well as the motif of madness in this book is really good. At first, the absurd reasoning makes things really humourous, but as the book progresses, there begins a subtle shift which causes one to realise that the absurdity might not be so absurd after all as opposed to exaggerated. The book is after all a satire, and parallels can be drawn to real life, which is kinda scary, especially when the book starts to get darker and darker towards the end.
I won't say this book is for everyone though, it's not a novel that is full of action packed adventures that cause you to be unable to put it down, to people who pursue that it might seem stale, but I'll say it earned it spot as one of the greatest literary works of all time for a reason.
Finished the last local high key today, platoon live firing. It was more tiring than I thought it would be, especially the one in the day under the blazing hot sun. Now for a well deserved long break and then Ex Starlight.
Come to think of it. Exactly one week from now, I'll be sitting in a plane.