16 July, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (114)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I'm not very far in yet so I'm not sure what to make of it, the book being one of the so-called classics (I try to read classics during the summer each year). Though I do find some of the passages rather funny, if in a black, cynical sort of way.


The government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government paid him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. 
-p. 79

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Have you ever read Catch-22? If so, what did you think? What are you reading right now?


-----The Golden Eagle

24 comments:

JeffO said...

I read it years ago, and enjoyed it. I saw an infographic the other day that listed 'Catch-22' as one of the top five books not finished by folks on Goodreads. Hmm.

I'm currently splitting my time between Divergent and The Night Circus, and enjoying them both.

Pat Hatt said...

Never read it, but I can see why it would make for an interesting read indeed.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I've never read this book, but heard a lot about it. I had no idea alfalfa was so important.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I've read it a few times and would highly recommend it. That excerpt captures the absurdity of the novel's voice.

Charles Gramlich said...

I still need to read Catch 22. I'm lame.

Kim Van Sickler said...

I read it so long ago that a re-read is in order. And your random page opening resulted in a quote that really gets you thinking, doesn't it?

The Armchair Squid said...

I love Catch-22! It can be tough going at times but stick with it. The ending is glorious!

I hope you'll consider joining my bloggers' book club. Details are here: http://armchairsquid.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-cephalopod-coffeehouse-july-blog.html

Jemi Fraser said...

I've never read Catch 22 but I've always wondered if I should. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

JeffO: I'm doing my best to defy that graphic. :P

Glad you like them!

Pat: It's an interesting concept.

Maurice: LOL. Me, neither.

Jennifer: I thought it did represent a lot of Heller's tone--that was most of the reason I posted the teaser.

Charles: Nah, I don't think so. There are lots of important books that don't have the "classic" status as something like Catch-22.

Kim: I'd hoped it would have that effect!

The Armchair Squid: Oh, the ending is good? I'll definitely keep reading for a good ending . . .

I'll check it out! Thanks for letting me know about it. :)

Jemi: I think it's kind of funny, if dark. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.

michelle said...

Sounds very interesting.
It reminds me of the phrase damned if you do AND damned if you don't...
Writer In Transit

Deniz Bevan said...

I haven't read this one yet! I have read 1984, though, and lots of other Orwell stories. I love his essays on English - and tea!

mooderino said...

One of my favourite books. And sadly the world is much the same now as it was then.

mood
Moody Writing

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Golden,

No, I haven't read this yet, but it does sound VERY INTRIGUING...

Terrific teaser....

Michael Offutt, Kaiju Smack Down Artist said...

That is the ugliest cover for a book I've ever seen.

The Golden Eagle said...

Michelle: That's the premise of the book, really. Catch-22 is a military rule that states if you're crazy you can be discharged; but if you claim you're crazy to get out of the military, you're clearly not crazy, and have to remain.

Deniz: He wrote essays on tea? I had no idea.

Mooderino: Unfortunately!

Michael: Glad you enjoyed the teaser!

Michael: LOL. Yeah, it is pretty ugly; the cover I have is different and slightly less garish, but I couldn't find an image of it online.

The Armchair Squid said...

All of the strands come together in the end and suddenly the entire story makes perfect, beautiful sense. I think I re-read the last chapter two or three times just to wallow in the glory.

But then, I don't want to build it up too much for you...

Paul Tobin said...

I read it years ago-never got on with it. I've just finished High Tide in The City and am rereading Robert Lowell's collection For The Union Dead-possibly my favourite poet.

Deniz Bevan said...

Here it is!
http://orwell.ru/library/articles/tea/english/e_tea

cleemckenziebooks said...

Lines from Catch 22 still roam around in my head. Brilliant book.

Madeleine Sara said...

Fabulous quote. I love it. I will have to re-read this one. Brilliant!

Elise Fallson said...

I've never read this book, but it's part of my growing list of books I should read. Great quote by the way.

The Golden Eagle said...

The Armchair Squid: Wow. It must have been a good ending then, to be worth rereading!

Paul: I love revisiting old favorites. It's so enjoyable to experience them again.

Deniz: Thanks for the link! :)

Lee: I have yet to finish it, but it's already starting to stick.

Madeleine: Glad you enjoyed it!

Elise: Thank you. And one's list of books is always getting bigger, isn't it?!

laughingwolf said...

brilliant novel, excellent film :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Laughingwolf: I'd heard they'd made a movie out of it. I'll have to check that out . . .