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Classic Novels, Ranked in Order of How Easy They Are to Study

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch-22 is a uniquely frustrating and difficult book. The good news? IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE.

The plot, the characters, the dialogue—every aspect is absurdly tragic and tragically absurd. That’s the whole point. Everyone’s talking in circles deliberately, and the dizzying frustration YOU feel is supposed to echo the frustration of the war-time bureaucracy at the heart of this baffling social satire.

So congratulations! You’re not reading it wrong! You’re meant to be confused!

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Tags: animal farm, books we love, the scarlet letter, lord of the flies, the great gatsby, pride and prejudice, the catcher in the rye, jane eyre, great expectations, to kill a mockingbird, jane austen, classic literature, infinite jest, moby dick, classics, dracula, f. scott fitzgerald, classic novels, catch 22, virginia woolf, heart of darkness, to the lighthouse, the canterbury tales, one hundred years of solitude, absalom absalom, atlas shrugged, finnegans wake, on a scale from 1 to "what is going on"

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