"DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH." - Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Today I heard of the death of one of my favourite authors Terry Pratchett. I found him around twenty years ago by accident and my first read of his for me was "Reaper Man" I had entered the Discworld and felt no impulsion to turn back.
His satire is sharp and shows that he has a deep understanding of the human condition. I would advise anyone who enjoys satire to pick up a Discworld book. I always read his books as satire, but was amazed to meet someone who is a fan and just reads him as fantasy fiction and was unaware it was satire, shows how we see the world differently.
Most will know that Terry Pratchett is an atheist and a few years back when he learnt he had alzheimers, he did an interview which made some think he had found God, and this was his witty reply to the rumours. "There is a rumour going around I have found God, I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist."
To many of us he will never be dead, as we pass our Discworld books on to the next generation. My two oldest children have already opened the door into the Discworld and have begun a reading journey of a life time.
"No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away ..."
- Terry Pratchett
Long may Discworld bring ripples of laughter across the universe.
Thank you Terry Pratchett.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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