First Chapter, First Paragraph – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

First Chapter, First Paragraph

Catch - 22

First Chapter, First Paragraph

It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him. Yossarian was in the hospital with a pain in his liver that fell just short of being jaundice. The doctors were puzzled by the fact that it wasn’t quite jaundice. If it be- came jaundice they could treat it. If it didn’t become jaundice and went away they could discharge him. But this just being short of jaundice all the time confused them. Each morning they came around, three brisk and serious men with efficient mouths and inefficient eyes, accompanied by brisk and serious Nurse Duckett, one of the ward nurses who didn’t like Yossarian. They read the chart at the foot of the bed and asked impatiently about the pain. They seemed irritated when he told them it was exactly the same. “Still no movement?” the full colonel demanded. The doctors exchanged a look when he shook his head. “Give him another pill.”

Why You Should Check This Out...

This is the novel that spawned the phrase “catch-22.” When someone is stuck between a rock and a hard place. 

Comments

  1. Off The TBR

    This was a book I struggled through. Tried to read it in HS and it was a dnf. Finally read it a few years ago and just didn’t care for it.

    1. Beth Tabler

      I respect it. I appreciate the writing, but the nihilism was very hard for me to get through. It took me three tries and I am still not sure how I feel.

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