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Top 40 Book Club : 2012
10 CATCh-22 JoSepH HelleR Rated amongst the top 100 novels of the 20th century, Catch-22 is set during World War II on the mythical Mediterranean island of Pianosa where American bombardier Captain John Yossarian is sick of flying combat missions and wants to return home. When he and his colleagues reach the required number of missions to be sent home, his superior raises the level. So he looks to his second option, ‘catch-22’, which states in order to get out of flying combat missions, you need to be declared insane. However, only a sane person would consider filing for insanity therefore, a catch-22. This frequently funny, anti-war story is somewhat fragmented with flashbacks to previous events, instances of the present and glimpses of other happenings still to occur. Few books, particularly of more recent vintage, have added a phrase to the English language but the title of this book can claim such privilege: catch-22 = a no-win situation.