Paranye wrote:Nobody seems to finish poor old Catch 22! I read it all and loved it, but I've always felt a little sorry for it as a book (if that makes any sense) because the very first line is the best. Talk about peaking early.
It's pretty rare that I don't read something all the way through, and usually it's because the book in question is some unutterable tat I've picked up by accident, but there have been a couple of notable exceptions.
One I remember well was Crime and Punishment, because I didn't just put it down and never get around to picking it up again - I slammed it closed about a third of the way in and thought "No power in the 'Verse could make me read another page of this." All the anguishing and angsting and sturming and dranging - Raskolnikov is the original emo. I have a pretty high tolerance for misery in books - heck, I loved Middlemarch, and that was a gloomfest if ever there was one - but there is a limit.
I had that problem with Crime and Punishment.
I think my problem with Catch 22 was that, as a young man, I was into war books at the time. Catch 22 is more of an anti-war book, which I suspech I'd appreciate now.
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Yes! We're all individuals!