What are some books similar to this?
I liked the dark humor more than the message.
Google tells me I might like Slaughterhouse-five, is this good?
Is the sequel to Catch 22 good?
i actually liked closing time, but if you're looking for catch-22 electric boogaloo you'll be disappointed. it's a weird, flawed, bitter book about an old guy remembering how fun shit used to be with a couple of good ideas
something happened was the best other heller novel
neither of them are like catch-22
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.
It's Catch-22, only spiked with the best drug you ever took. It's a wild ride on a Flower Power chopper down the Highway to Hell. If you partake of the marijuana, you're gonna want to pick this book up. If you don't partake, then you HAVE to pick it up. It's what the doctor ordered.
* Man going down the toilet? Check.
* Pie fight? Check.
* Giant squid? Check.
* Kick-ass songs? You better believe that's a check.
This is World War II like they DIDN'T teach you in school.
Semper High, my friend.
the very first chapter does a stellar job of thrusting you into the apocalyptic chaos of a city being bombed, only for the realization to slowly set in that this scene is merely the dream of pirate prentice. from there you find out a little about prentice and his mission during this stage of the war, as well as getting a bit of introduction to pynchons zany brand of humor (the songs, the giant adenoid etc). i would say the plot gets a little more coherent towards the middle of the book but a whole lot less so towards the end
Did you ever consider that maybe you're not supposed to get it? Man, not every book has to "make sense." Did you consider that maybe it doesn't make sense because war doesn't make sense? Hmmm... powerful metaphor shooting right over your head like a rocket... Try this one on for size: the military-industrial complex. The corporations make the wars, man. It's all backwards and upside down. Just like war. Keep the change, kid.
Catch-22, Slaughterhouse Five, and A Confederacy of Dunces seem to make up the Hilarious & Literary triad.
All deserve a place on your bookshelf IMO.
The common wisdom is that for the first 150 pages of Gravity's Rainbow you should just scan your eyes across the lines of text without any hope or expectation of knowing what's going on or what's being communicated to you. Then somewhere around page 150, things become more or less comprehensible. Postmodernism, bitch. Don't like it, you can go to Reddit.