How often do you use a phrase, never thinking of where it originated? With "catch-22," I never considered that its origin was a fairly recent 1960-something novel. Funny... and it could have been "catch-18" or "catch-11.".
Wikepedia: "Catch-22 is a satirical, historical fiction novel by the American author Joseph Heller, first published in 1961. The novel, set during the latter stages of the Second World War from 1943 onwards, is frequently cited as one of the great literary works of the Twentieth Century.
The novel follows Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier, and a number of other characters. Most events occur while the airmen of the Fighting 256th (or "two to the fighting eighth power") Squadron are based on the island of Pianosa, west of Italy. Many events in the book are repeatedly described from differing points of view, so the reader learns more about the event from each iteration. Furthermore, the events are referred to as if the reader already knows all about them. The pacing of Catch-22 is frenetic, its tenor intellectual, and its humor largely absurd, but interspersed with grisly moments of realism."Thank you, wikipedia.
From the first few pages, I knew it was true love. Sarcasm mixed with a healthy dose of realism and a dash of snark? I'm in.
OK, long post about the wonderful-ness of this novel was accidentally deleted. Just trust me and read the book.
4.25 out of 5.0 Wrenches.
Banned - Lots of whores, sex, and blatant discrimination against every race/sex/military rank.