The fifth elephant : a novel of Discworld

by Pratchett, Terry.

Format: Print Book 2001.
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Everyone knows that the world is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants. But weren't there supposed to be five? Indeed there were. So where is it?...

When duty calls. Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork constabulary answers. Even when he doesn't want to. He's been "invited" to attend a royal function as both detective and diplomat. The one role he relishes; the other requires, well, ruby tights. Of course where cops (even those clad in tights) go, alas, crime follows. An attempted assassination and a theft soon lead to a desperate chase from the low halls of Discworld royalty to the legendary fat mines of Uberwald, where lard is found in underground seams along with tusks and teeth and other precious ivory artifacts. It's up to the dauntless Vimes -- bothered as usual by a familiar cast of Discworld inhabitants (you know, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, vampires and such) -- to solve the puzzle of the missing pachyderm. Which of course he does. After all, solving mysteries is his job.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It is well known that Pratchett's Discworld is supported by four elephants standing on the back of a giant tortoise. Once there was a fifth elephant, which fell off the tortoise's back and crashed onto Discworld with a mighty impact, leaving behind rich deposits of minerals and fat. Now \x86 berwald, the country that has most of the deposits, faces a succession crisis among the dwarfs, because the Scone of Stone, their emblem of kingship, has been stolen. With a motley but effective team of aides, Chief Constable Vimes and his wife arrive as ambassadors from Ankh-Morporkh to solve the mystery and prevent civil war among the dwarfs, werewolves, and vampires of \x86 berwald. Vimes needs all the help he can get, as the werewolves, led by one Wolfgang, who would have been at home in the Waffen SS, are busily trying to take over \x86 berwald by throwing the other races into chaos. As usual, Pratchett satirizes everything in sight and a few things buried in the subtext, always with a great knowledge of and fondness for his fellow primates, even in their more foolish moments. He never lets a proper tone flag; thus, in the midst of all the satire, Vimes' death struggle with the werewolves is as grim as any thriller's climax, and the growing love between Captain Carrot and Corporal Angua the werewolf is handled straight. Pratchett is now inviting comparison with Kurt Vonnegut, but if he ends up with a reputation equivalent only to that of P. G. Wodehouse, the world will be the better for his having written. --Roland Green"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Acclaimed British author Pratchett continues to distinguish himself from his colleagues with clever plot lines and genuinely likable characters in this first-rate addition to his long-running Discworld fantasy series (Carpe Jugulum, etc.). This time around, the inhabitants of Discworld's Ankh-Morpork have turned their attentions in the direction of Uberwald--a country rich in valuable minerals and high-quality fat deposits. (The fifth elephant, it seems, left all these when he or she crashed and burned in Uberwald at the beginning of time.) Ankh-Morpork's policeman Sam Vimes has been sent there to represent his people at a coronation--and to find the recently stolen, rock-hard and symbolically important (at least to the Dwarf population) Scone of Stone. As he tells Vimes's story (and surrounding ones), Pratchett cheerfully takes readers on an exuberant tale of mystery and invention, including the efforts of a clique of neo-Nazi werewolves to destabilize Uberwald. Along the way, he skewers everything from monarchy to fascism, as well as communism and capitalism, oil wealth and ethnic identities, Russian plays, immigration, condoms and evangelical Christianity--in short, most everything worth talking about. Not as perfect as Pratchett's Hogfather but in the same class, this novel is a heavyweight of lightness. 200,000 ad/promo; 7-city author tour. (Apr.) FYI: At the end of The Fifth Elephant is appended a "handy travel guide" to the "World of Terry Pratchett," including a character guide to the Discworld novels and a Discworld crossword puzzle. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Pratchett, Terry. Discworld series (New York, N.Y.)
Books 33, 36, and 40 grouped as Moist von Lipwig stories
#1 - The Color of magic
#2 - The Light fantastic
#3 - Equal rites
#4 - Mort
#5 - Sourcery
#6 - Wyrd sisters
#7 - Pyramids
#8 - Guards! guards!
#9 - Eric
#10 - Moving pictures
#11 - Reaper man
#12 - Witches abroad
#13 - Small gods
#14 - Lords and ladies
#15 - Men at arms
#16 - Soul music
#17 - Interesting times
#18 - Maskerade
#19 - Feet of clay
#20 - Hogfather
#21 - Jingo
#22 - The Last continent
#23 - Carpe Jugulum
#24 - The Fifth elephant
#25 - The Truth
#26 - Thief of time
#27 - The Last hero
#28 - The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents
#29 - Night watch
#30 - The Wee free men
#31 - Monstrous regiment
#32 - A Hat full of sky
#33 - Going postal
#34 - Thud!
#35 - Wintersmith
#36 - Making money
#37 - Unseen academicals
#38 - I shall wear midnight
#39 - Snuff
#40 - Raising steam
Subjects Discworld (Imaginary place) -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Humorous stories.
Publisher New York :HarperTorch,2001.
Language English
Description 389 pages ; 18 cm.
ISBN 9780061020407 (pbk.)
0061020400 (pbk.)
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