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?