A high school re-read. An absolutely amazing book - I had remembered it as shorter, less complex, funnier. I had forgotten all about the style - those many, many, many adjectives! I remembered the absurdity - but had forgotten the surrealism and the grotesque. I had forgotten that it was written in 1961 - on the vanguard of a certain kind of 60s art and thought. I thought it was about Vietnam, but its setting was WW II. I had forgotten its sexism - but also forgotten its essential humanism.
In short, I had remembered how culturally important
it was; but had forgotten how literarily excellent
Definitely recommend you re-read this if you've maybe forgotten too. It is a truly timeless novel.