Catch-22 by Joseph Heller was published in 1961 and has since become a modern classic. The novel revolves around Yossarian who’s a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force during World War II, and who’s furious that thousands of people he’s never even met keep trying to kill him. Catch-22 a great satire of bureaucratic stupidity and war. It’s difficult to explain the plot of the novel, but just trust me when I say it’s a great read and well worth your time. It is thought-provoking, absurd and hilarious, and a book that everyone should read at one point in their lives.
I’ll leave you with an excerpt explaining the military rule “Catch-22”, a self-contradictory circular logic that prevents anyone from avoiding combat missions:
“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.”