27 Mar 07
I had problems when I first read it in my early 20s, some 20 years ago. I've always regarded it a bit like MASH - it may have been about WW2 (just as MASH was about Korea) but it was written from a Viet Nam perspective. It's a very 'clever' book in places, but I think the humour most appeals to people who have a cynical view on life and authority systems in general. I remember my father disliked it, and my father-in-law, an ex-military man, really hates it! I've still got a copy on the shelf but I've not picked it up for literally 5 or 6 years, which is unusual for me because most books around here get read more regularly than that!
• United States
27 Mar 07
I really enjoyed Catch-22 when I read it in high school. And, as I recall, so did most of the boys in my class. However, the book just isn't for everbody. The humor in the book is pretty subtle most of the time. But more importantly, the humor in the book is dark and very nuanced. If dark comedy and dark humor isn't for you, then this book isn't for you. You shouldn't feel bad about not being able to get into the book or find it funny.