I finished it! I finally plowed my way through the final 60 pages last night, which took on a more somber cast. **Spoiler Alert** Yossarian realizes that all of his friends have died in war — his major fear, his reason to go AWOL and avoid flying more missions — and he finally realizes his getaway opportunity. There is, of course, more circular logic towards the end but maybe the knowledge that I was almost finished helped me put up with it.
Final analysis: Interesting, occasionally aggravating book that could have been about 100 pages shorter. I’ll give Heller credit for tying all his loose ends up in a neat bow. And now I don’t have to read it again.