I listened to this one in the car on the way to Hilton Head. The length of the audiobook was about an hour less than the length of the trip, which gave me a little time by myself to think about what I had just heard. Boy, the last sentence of the book really got me. The imagery of Bokonon freezing himself, giving God the finger, was quite powerful…quite chilling in fact. And to have the audiobook go silent after that sentence, wow, it was something. Many feelings of emptiness. And to think, the whole book was purportedly about Hiroshima. Vonnegut was really worried about us destroying ourselves, and rightfully so. I am reminded of the first adultish feeling of paranoia I had as a junior in high school, thinking of the implications of atheism, of artificial intelligence, of being in a programmed world. It all just felt so meaningless. Vonnegut really hit the nail on the head.
The book has been gnawing at my mind the whole time I’ve been here in Hilton Head, and I definitely want to read it again soon, along with other books of his.