is THE novel about War - and rightly so.
Grotesque, absurd, sometimes hilarious, sometimes annoyingly repetitive, sometimes heart-wrenching.
It's a caricature on warfare, on the bureaucracy of war, a screwball-comedy with the terrors shining through.
And although his protagonists are conceptionalised stereotypes, Heller made me feel for them, creating a surprising emotional impact - no, I don't read to be emotionally invested in characters or for emotional impact in general. But I believe that good authors manage to keep you interested in their characters and letting you see the bigger picture at the same time. Heller manages.