This is one book which I had to read end to end and continue laughing till my stomach split side to side. 🙂
Jospeh heller has coined this word where in he describes this as a situation where an individual has to accomplish a task which is dependent on another task. The other task is dependent on the primary task. Thus this ensures you dont complete anything at all.
A prime example is that of a youngster who searches for a Job. He wont get a job till he gets work experience and work experience is not earned till he gets a job 😉
This hilarious book is about a US bombardier who wants to skip going on the painful bombing missions.
One way out is to get a medical certificate from his surgeon stating he is insane to fly the machine.
Army regulations state that no body sane would agree to fly such combat missions. So this automatically qualifys him to lead the mission.
This is the classical paradox situation depicted in the story. He goes from strength to strength, place to place as you read along.