Sunday, January 6, 2013

Quick quote on Catch-22

Reading through Rotten Reviews, containing negative reviews of great works of literature, I came across this line from Whitey Balliett, reviewing Catch-22 for The New Yorker:
Heller wallows in his own laughter and finally drowns in it. What remains is a debris of sour jokes, stage anger, dirty words, synthetic looniness, and the sort of antic behavior the children fall into when they know they are losing our attention.
Oof. That is first class condescension.

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