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Yossarian is a hero who is incessantly imaginative in his schemes to save his skin from the atrocious chances of war. His trouble is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Nevertheless, if Yossarian makes any feats to alibi himself from the touch-and-go missions that he is confided to flying, he’s freed by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the bureaucratic rule from which the book gets its title.

What makes this book stand out?

Despite its pervasiveness, laugh out humour, Heller’s story is the most horrifyingly efficient limning of the insanity of war.

Read it for

Satire, farce, gallows humour, irreverence; rarely has a piece of literature marked so many of the boxes.

Don't read it for

The author goes off on tangents, introducing a new character apparently every paragraph, and looks to lose his train of thought only to regain it two pages later.

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