“Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape […] As practice you have to start out learning to believe the little lies, so you can believe the big ones. Justice, mercy, beauty, that sort of thing […] You need to believe in things that aren’t real. How else can they become?” -Terry Pratchett
My first Terry Pratchett book was Equal Rites. I remember reading the second half of it early one morning as the sun rose- I had just had a particularly vivid nightmare, and reading was an escape from the darkness that I woke up to. It was the most I had ever read in a single sitting up until that point.
Death, both as a character and a concept, has always been present throughout Terry Pratchett’s books. Death always has a lesson to teach us…
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