There is simply no better way to say that. And to me, that’s the genius of it. It might seem flippant at first glance – but what a sentence. And his books are packed full of similar short, sharp punches to the head.
Slaughterhouse Five – the first Kurt Vonnegut book I read and still one of my 2 favourite books ever to be written by anyone – was a life-changing experience for me. If you haven’t read it, it really is essential. It describes the absurdity, the hilarity, the horror and the desolation of war in such a way that its senselessness is both mourned and ridiculed with the stunned disbelief that it deserves.
“The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.”
I envy the people who knew Kurt Vonnegut personally. I frequently imagine what it would be like to have him over for dinner and I hold him up as a hero – not just for now, but for old age, because he was as smart and incisive as an old man as he was as a young one. He clearly never stopped learning, thinking, exploring or laughing – which is what made him such an extraordinary human being, with a mind that remained full of open doors until the very last.