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Catch-XXII It was love at first sight The first time I read Catch-XXII I fell madly in love with it And I am sure that thousands of readers before me experienced the same feeling and that they were excited as well as people who will come across this phenomenon in the future Undoubtedly Catch XX-II became a legend of the 20th century considered to be one of the best anti-war novels But I dont think this classification expresses the complete message of the book What lies beneath the enormous success of Catch-XXII It might be Hellers brilliant sense of humour used often to reveal the absurdity of our language or better to say the way we use it Most of what we really say has no meaning Almost every character and scene in the novel contain dialogues where the people speak aimlessly and have no explanation for why they are talking Colonel Cargill addresses his men by saying Youre American officers The officers of no other army in the world can make that statement Think about it Even though the remark is true it has no meaning These types of random statements and dialogues occur throughout the whole book Another situation when two people speak without making any sense is when Clevinger is being questioned I didnt say you couldnt punish me said Clevinger When asked the colonel When what sir Now youre asking me questions again I am sorry sir Im afraid I dont understand your question Later in the interrogation the colonel is so twisted in his conversation that he no longer wants to know when Clevinger said that he could not be punished He now wants to know when Clevinger did not say that he could not be punished Clevinger quickly rebuts and states I always didnt say you couldnt punish me sir Finally the colonel is satisfied with that answer even though Clevingers
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