Catch 22

By Joseph H

I don’t know how many have read this old novel written many seasons ago. Other than its length, it is such an interesting read. In some place, we have the chaplain ask

Had the almighty God in all his infinite wisdom, really been afraid that men six thousand years ago would succeed in building a tower to heaven?

Or the comment by Dunbar

Didn’t it seem improbable that the answers to the riddles of creation would be supplied by people too ignorant to understand the mechanics of rainfall?

And then the Chaplain’s reflection about presiding at funerals. The author writes, and I think many of us who have attended funerals would agree

The chaplain felt most deceitful presiding at funerals and it would not have astonished him to learn that the apparition in the tree that day was a manifestation of the almighty’s censure for the blasphemy and pride inherent in his function. To simulate gravity, feign grief and pretend supernatural intelligence of the hereafter in so fearsome and arcane a circumstance as death seemed the most criminal of offences.

I am loving this book!

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

11 thoughts on “Catch 22

  1. shelldigger says:

    I read that book (what seems like) eons ago. It is a great book. A must read IMO. In some cases a must read again book 🙂 I’m sure I have one around here somewhere.

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  2. maryplumbago says:

    Love this..I’ll check out the book too…actually I have never read it! What was I thinking


  3. It is certainly a great book. Enjoy.

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  4. Hariod Brawn says:

    Yep, a great book, but you can forget the film, which pales in comparison, to say the least.


    • makagutu says:

      I will not look for the film. I will take your word on it.
      Did you stop writing? I keep looking at my feed but there is nothing/

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      • Hariod Brawn says:

        I have not blogged for over two years now, Mak, as I am attempting some more long-form writing — a trilogy of novellas — and that demands a lot of focus and time, as you’ll appreciate. I like to keep in-touch with old friends on the blogosphere, though. 🙂

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        • makagutu says:

          It’s always good to read your thoughts on the interwebs.
          When do you plan on releasing the book? Will it be on the themes you have blogged about before?

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          • Hariod Brawn says:

            Three books, all released after the third novella is complete — they’re interrelated. Comedic-philosophical with a penumbral Magic Realism; largely about interiority although hopefully more fun than the meditation manual or blog!


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