"AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER."
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.
The last words twittered on Terry Pratchett’s profile on the day the Discworld died. I remember seeing a young lady I did not particularly like read those books with the funny, wimmelbook-like covers every afternoon in my favourite café cum workplace more than twenty years ago. I finally asked her, got curious and pale, morbid twenty-something that I was, I chose “Reaper Man”… about Death getting fired for being somewhat distracted from work, looking for a day job, applying for farm work: “Can you use a scythe?“ – “ I THINK THE ANSWER TO THAT IS A DEFINITE 'YES'“ quoth Death in customary capital letters and I was immediately in love. With Pratchett and the Discworld and his anger about the suchness of the world acted out in satirical, hilarious, subtle, witty, allusive and very, very funny tall tales acted out on a dish–shaped world, carried by four elephants standing on the back of a titanic turtle meandering through space. And a lot of things get their well deserved comeuppance, from forgotten heroes of forgotten wars in the guise of Conan the Barbarian to internet providers who somehow have forgotten what the word “service” means along the way. Sometimes in just wonderfully absurd settings and sometimes in almost real environs with just the perspective of grim irony added. And 16 tons of playful fabulating and spinning a yarn. And now Terry Pratchett is dead at the age of 66. Not exactly a surprise, since he publicly announced that he suffered from a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, campaigned to raise awareness and donated lots of money to find a cure and stated that, for a cure, he “would gnaw a dead mole if there was any science behind it”. Unfortunately, there wasn’t one. He passed away peacefully today. And is sorely missed already.
Depicted below is an imagination of Terry Pratchett among his creations by Josh Kirby (1928 – 2001), the artist who conceived the said wimmelbook-like cover art of Pratchett’s first Discworld novels.
And more about Terry Pratchett on:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett
And two obits on:http://m.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31858156http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/terry-pratchett-dead-beloved-author-of-the-discworld-series-and-renowned-alzheimers-campaigner-dies-aged-66-10104157.html #terrypratchett #discworld #literature #fantasy