A Tribute to the Dead

A Tribute to the Dead by Ailyn Koay - www.wordtrance.com

According to Ranker.com, there are 69 famous writers who passed away this year (2013). So while you can read about the list at http://www.ranker.com/list/dead-authors-2013-authors-and-writers-who-died/jeff419 I would like to say a few words for the ones who missed out.

Iain Banks or Iain M. Banks, Scottish writer passed away June 2013. His more famous works include The Wasp Factory and the last book The Quarry. Although I am not a fervent fan, his works are worth the time to read and the effort to understand. If you had watched Retribution, you will be pleased to know that it was his work, titled Complicity.

Mr Banks was diagnosed with terminal gallbladder cancer beginning of 2013. Although his publishers had agreed to bring forward The Quarry earlier on his request, sadly, he did not live long enough to see his last work being released into the public. Iain Banks passed away two months after the announcement, before his final song was out.

Bryce Courtenay died November 2012 of terminal gastric cancer. Although it is not 2013, I feel compelled to write something about his work. Born in South Africa, Bryce made Australia his second home in 1958. Starting in 1989, his writing career ended with Jack of Diamonds, released 10 days before his passing. He might not be well known in the US, because his books were not printed in America due to some doubts in popularity, but you can still get his books online.

Everyone should spend some time to watch the interview of Bryce with his long time publisher Penguin at http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/bryce-courtenay-writes-his-final-chapter-20121123-29xes.html. In the interview, you can see how skilful Bryce is with words when he shared his writing experience with his fans.

Bryce had a different view about immortality: he does not believe that he will be remembered for very long. But, hopefully his works will prevail, as do Iain Banks, they were both outstanding writers. As time goes by, new authors will continue to make their mark in the world of words. One day, someone might pick up an old book and enjoy it as much as I do now.

Rest in Peace.


Ailyn Koay


A Tribute to the Dead is writ­ten by: Ailyn Koay. You can find more from Ailyn at her blog, Penny For My Thoughts.


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