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From A Military Veteran's Point Of View
by joekc6nlx on March 6, 2008The opening of this book is hilarious. It's funny all the way to the halfway point, and then it is no longer funny.
Having served for 22 years as a military member, I can honestly say that even though my profession was war, I still rate this book as one of the best in modern fiction. That may seem strange, but my belief is that if the military has to use force, then someone in the diplomatic area has failed to do their job.
Yossarian is all of us, Nately is all of us, Major Major is all of us, and every character in the book is all of us at one time or another.
I don't think Heller was satirizing the war so much as he was satirizing the hypocrisy that is used to justify war. The idiocy of Lieutenant General Scheisskopf, the cynicism of Ex-Pfc. Wintergreen, and the helplessness of Yossarian are common traits, whether in war or not.
If you don't like this book for what it says, then Heller has made his point. If you like the book, Heller has still made his point.
Read it, throw it away, give it to the library, but don't ignore what it says.
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