DEATH and Sir Terry Pratchett

What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the reaper man?

3rd and last post about this. (Manfully avoids obvious last post pun.) Quotes all by Sir Terry.


“And what would humans be, without love?”
“RARE,” said Death.

I knew this death would make me cry, and it did. I think that maybe I feel this the way some of you guys felt Robin Williams’ suicide. It wasn’t so much his books (though I adore them and they’ve been making me laugh for a long time), but his utterly tragic, stupendously graceful and gracious reactions and actions once he’d been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers.


I was stunned by the news, because like all deaths by terminal disease, it was anticipated – but not now, not so soon. Any time at all is too soon. His daughter’s announcement (written by her father) in three tweets are what released the tears. I posted them before, but they belong here too.

Rhianna Pratchett @rhipratchett
5:06 PM – 12 Mar 2015
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.
The End.

It won’t make sense unless you’ve read at least some of his (freaking awesome satirical / why on earth haven’t you read them already / oh boy have you ever got a treat coming) books. If you have, you’ll know the startlingly likeable character of Death, the way his caps lock dialogue works to convey gravity and finality, and the quiet and shining world he inhabits, parallel to bawdy and down to earth Ankh Morpork. If you have, you don’t need me to tell you how Sir Terry Pratchett was so much more than a fantasy author, and just what a fine and beautiful mind we have lost.

Becoming dead after being alive is a fairly major change in reality, I would think.


Brief sidenote anecdote: He did a book signing in an indie bookshop in Derbyshire back when I was living there (2005 or 6) and I got two signed as gifts for two of my best mates. He wore the fedora and the beard! (lol) Idgaf about autographs myself.


He was well known as an advocate for the right to die movement, and made a documentary about death as a choice.

The ideal death, I think is what was the ideal Victorian death. You know,  with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain there’s someone left behind to look after the shop.


Despite rumour, Death isn’t cruel – merely terribly, terribly good at his job.

The friends I got those signed copies for (Thud and Where’s My Cow?), have wandered along the read every book as soon as it’s in paperback path with me, as long as I’ve known them. It’s been good to talk and be sad and share quotes and images.


Night died in the west. Night and tears took the Nation. The star of Water drifted among the clouds like a murderer softly leaving the scene of the crime.


No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.

Terry Pratchett: Discworld author who poked fun at Death – and won (The Independent)
Without Terry Pratchett, the world is less magical (The Guardian)

A conversation with Terry Pratchett – from backintheday 2000, he talks about writing ‘draft zero’ of a book.


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