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    I trust you've picked up that Yossarian is a sane man in an insane world? The book is written deliberately to reflect that paradox. It's not a story as much as an illustration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malvolio View Post
    I trust you've picked up that Yossarian is a sane man in an insane world? The book is written deliberately to reflect that paradox. It's not a story as much as an illustration.
    Indeed. I'd definitely suggest persevering with it. It's a wonderful book, and fully deserves its plaudits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malvolio View Post
    I trust you've picked up that Yossarian is a sane man in an insane world? The book is written deliberately to reflect that paradox. It's not a story as much as an illustration.
    you have to be crazy to read it though, but then you have to deny having read it.
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    Just watch the movie instead.
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    Chapter 9 - fiction becomes reality.

    Major Major's father...was a long-limbed farmer..... His speciality was alfafa and he made a good living out of not growing any.

    The governament paid him well for every bushel of alfafa he did not grow.

    The more alfafa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfafa he did not produce.
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    Why does Major —- de Coverley’s name have those dashes?! I noticed this earlier in the novel and was hoping that in the chapter titled with his name I would find the answer, but it was never really given. I don’t know if I am looking into things too much, but little things like this bother me when I read a story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pip in a Poke View Post
    Why does Major —- de Coverley’s name have those dashes?! I noticed this earlier in the novel and was hoping that in the chapter titled with his name I would find the answer, but it was never really given. I don’t know if I am looking into things too much, but little things like this bother me when I read a story.
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    I like the notion that Heller is using an outdated literary trope in which names were often censored to avoid amiguity with any living person and consequently avoid any charges of libel or defamation.

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    https://youtu.be/8LazrN57iZg


    I didn't like the book. It's supposed to be a bit absurd and nonsensical because war is (according to the author) absurd and nonsensical. But I just found it dull.

    Not much happens - you are supposed to just absorb the individual moments, a bit like the movie 'Lost in translation' - although I liked that movie.
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    That reminds me, shall I give Atlas Shrugged another try?

    Speaking of dull and turgid, I mean.
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