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on 6 June 2015
it is slightly overwritten; everything is spelled out in big, bold prose that doesn't really leave anything to the imagination - there's nothing wrong with that if you have a your head but for younger readers it asks more questions. Curiously unengaging Catch 22 is a character-driven comedy with very little action. Yes, there is some fabulous prose and the characterisation is superb, but they are sort of stock characters with nicknames and habits, and not the sort of people you bump into in everyday life.
Time has moved on past the sixties and the seventies and this sort of prose style (Portnoy's Complaint, The Graduate) has sort of gone with it. Good for its time with the joy and optimissm but not a forever book.