Cover for First-Line Fridays on Peachy Books showing a cue card with the typed quote: He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. from Raphael Sabatini in Scaramouche
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First-Line Fridays | Joseph Heller

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

There is no more appropriate time for antiwar political satire than at the dawning of our next world conflict, no? Sure hope I’m wrong on that, but these days it seems anything is possible.

Heller’s messages about a corrupt and predatory government’s relation to the war machine are more relatable now than ever, as the previously subdued masses start to awaken to the obvious corruption of our own.

No book nails both the ridiculousness and the peril of bureaucracy better than Catch-22, and although this is clearly a work of satire, there are endless lessons to be learned about war and how it warps humanity.

Listen to Heather Heying read an excerpt from Catch-22, published in 1961, that might seem eerily familiar to modern day:

Watch for my black and white MEme collection next week, highlighting meaningful quotes from this hilarious and horrifying classic.

Have you read Catch-22 or any of Joseph Heller’s work?

6 thoughts on “First-Line Fridays | Joseph Heller”

  1. Something tells me we read this in HS. I vaguely remember it though. This sounds perfect for the times we’re living right now. I’ve been thinking those exact words, ”anything can happen.” Scary stuff.

    What shocks me are the people who aren’t even paying attention to what’s happening in the world right now. Some flat-out don’t even care. It’s like toxic positivity, for real.

    Maybe I’ll share one next week. I like this meme. Thank you for sharing this. ❤️

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    1. Scary stuff, indeed. It completely blows my mind how most people I know are business as usual, save a few virtue signals that they might throw on social media. What a different life it would be if I could just turn things off like that, haha.

      I look forward to seeing what you come up with, if you do! 🥰


    1. That’s the thing, there are so many it becomes impossible to get through them. Especially when there are great books being written all the time. Not enough hours in a day, haha.

      I hope you enjoy it, if you get to it, Mae. Have a great weekend!

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