Forum philosophy


Yep, slip of the brain from me last night.


“Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach. “Is Orr crazy?”
“He sure is,” Doc Daneeka said.
“Can you ground him?”
“I sure can. But first he has to ask me to. That’s part of the rule.”
“Then why doesn’t he ask you to?”
“Because he’s crazy,” Doc Daneeka said. “He has to be crazy to keep flying combat missions after all the close calls he’s had. Sure, I can ground Orr. But first he has to ask me to.”
“That’s all he has to do to be grounded?”
“That’s all. Let him ask me.”
“And then you can ground him?” Yossarian asked.
“No. Then I can’t ground him.”
“You mean there’s a catch?”
“Sure there’s a catch,” Doc Daneeka replied. “Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy.””


Catch 22 by my memory was Korea.


I thought that initially but it was set on the island of Pianosa off the west coast of Italy


I couldn’t remember if the book identified what the war was, so I Googled, and Wikipedia suggests
“ The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy.”


Must have been thinking the TV series or film was true to the novel.


Ah, I wonder if you’re confusing Catch-22 with MASH, the latter being a TV series set in Korea, whereas I don’t think there has been a TV series of Catch-22 (not in UK anyway)


IB, you are right. Seem to remember there were Catch 22 type plot(s). Hugely amusing especially hotlips.