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The Fifth Elephant: Stage Adaptation (Modern Plays) [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett , Stephen Briggs , S. Briggs
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1 May 2007 Modern Plays
A new stage adaptation of one of Pratchett's best-selling novels Commander Vimes is sent to wild, wintry and Transylvania-like Uberwald to establish trade links with the King of the Dwarfs but he ends up trying to stop and inter-species war. On his side though, is a talking dog, a reformed vampyre and a self-made man. You can tell he's self-made because the stitches still show. Vimes may have arrived as Ankh-Morpork's ambassador but he soon finds it's not all golden chocolate balls. Now he's an escaped prisoner - out in the icy woods, wearing only the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya and being chased by a pack of fascist werewolves who don't play by the rules."One of the funniest authors alive" The Independent

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Berg 3PL (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413771156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413771155
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett has a seemingly endless capacity for generating inventively comic novels about the Discworld and its inhabitants but there is in the hearts of most of his admirers a particular place for those novels which feature the hard-bitten captain of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch Samuel Vimes. Sent as ambassador to the Northern principality of Uberwald where they mine gold, and iron and fat, but never silver, he is caught up in an uneasy truce between dwarfs, werewolves and vampires, in the theft of the Scone of Stone (a particularly important piece of dwarf bread) and in the old werewolf custom of giving humans a short start in the hunt and then cheating...

Pratchett is always at his best when the comedy is mixed with a real sense of jeopardy that even favourite characters might be hurt if there was a good joke in it. As always the most unlikely things crop up as the subjects of gags--Chekhov, grand opera, the Caine Mutiny--and as always there are remorselessly funny gags about the inevitability of story:

"They say that the fifth elephant came screaming and trumpeting through the atmosphere of the young world all those years ago and landed hard enough to split continents and raise mountains.

No one actually saw it land, which raised the interesting philosophical question: when millions of tons of angry elephant come spinning through the sky, and there is no one to hear it, does it--philosophically speaking--make a noise?

As for the dwarfs, whose legend it is, and who mine a lot deeper than other people, they say that there is a grain of truth in it".

All this, the usual guest appearances and Gaspode the Wonder Dog... -- Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 11 Jan 2008
By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Once an author is turning out a novel a year in a growing series he can be forgiven for getting rather stale. That isn't really a problem with Terry Pratchett: his output can be a bit uneven but overall the Discworld fantasies just seem to be getting better, and "The Fifth Elephant" is one of the best.
The wonderful Sam Vimes - clever, upwardly mobile but basically honest and down-to-earth chief of police of Ankh-Morpork - is sent with his aristocratic wife on a diplomatic mission to troubled realm of Uberwald. Why did the city's ruler Lord Vetinari, a man who could give Machiavelli lessons in deviousness, chose Vimes of all people for this delicate task? What exactly is going on in Uberwald, where the uneasy balance of power between dwarves, werewolves, and vampires seems to be breaking down? All is revealed in a book that is both dark and humorous, engrossing and highly entertaining.
Many of the usual characters we have come to know from the Discworld novels are here, and trying to make the best of an unfamiliar and threatening place and understand the peoples and their politics.
Once again Pratchett is the master not only of plot and character but also of the little aside, the fascinating but not overdone individual, the sly and amusing reference. We learn, for instance, that it is a social blunder to use the word "bath" to an upper-class werewolf when he is in human form, it makes him uncomfortable. We are introduced to a vampire equivalent of AA where members help each other keep off the human blood and get through "vun night at a time".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A copper that isn't an ore 15 Jan 2006
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
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Role models are a major topic these days. Who are the good ones, and who the bad? Once we had monarchs, presidents, explorers, all good and/or bad with some migration from the first to the second. In Sam Vimes, we may have a unique example of the reverse.
When we first met Sam Vimes in GUARDS! GUARDS!, he was sodden in a gutter, soddin' drunk. Hardly an auspicious beginning for a heroic figure. Discworld heroes are often found in unusual circumstances, rarely admirable at first sight. Sam's a copper, Commander of Ankh-Morpork's Night Watch. It's a job to send any man's hand groping for support, even if the brace is in the form of a bottle. Now he's on his way to Uberwald. Trolls, Dwarves and Werewolves have all emigrated from this region, taking up residence in Sam's city. He hasn't shed his resentment at this intrusion, nor his suspicion of these bizarre life forms. His earlier cultural challenges came from the likes of Klatchians, who were at least human. The Patrician has made him a diplomat, a real challenge for a man with so little tact. He must deal with all these creatures he resents. Failure to deal successfully may result in his becoming part of the local cuisine.
Sam has an advantage over many of us. Strongly self-aware, he manages to control his temper and intemperance. He's pulled himself out of the gutter. Now the Duke of Ankh- Morpork, he's married into the city's aristocracy. His diplomatic skills are going to be put to severe tests. To ease the pressure, Sam is accompanied by his recently acquired spouse, Sybil Ramkin. Her presence with him on this venture is an indication of his newly elevated status, and recognition of her well established one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plummetting Pachiderms 24 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
As we all know the Discworld is carried on the backs of four elephants that in turn stand upon the carapace of the giant galactic star turtle, the Great A'tuin. However, some time in the past there was another elephant. One that, for some reason still to be determined, plummetted to the surface of the discworld and whose fat deposits have become a lucrative dwarf mine. Things are afoot and Sam Vimes is on the case.

A good read and a good title pun. Adventure, humour, crime, deep insights and a wonderfully skewed perspective on the human condition as usual. Terry Pratchett can do no wrong in my eyes, although I do have to confess this story is not my most favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 5 Jan 2004
Format:Hardcover
Once again Terry Pratchett has turned out another classic. I have read every one of his books and this is without doubt the best, as usual parodying society by holding up his mirror world Pratchett has combined who-dunnit, satire, surrealism and parody into one storyline impossible to put down. Many people say it was impossible to put a book down, but I found myself eight hours after picking this book up having not moved untill the last line. Need I say more!
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The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel.
In Ankh-Morpork, the Scone of Stone, the Dwarfs' sacred relic, has been stolen, and the director of the rubber factory has just been murdered.
As Sam Vimes is sent on a diplomatic mission to Uberwald for the coronation of the new King of the Dwarfs, and Captain Carrot has gone in search of missing Angua, Lord Vetinari reluctanctly promotes Fred Colon as Captain of the Watch...
Although presented as a novel of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, the action is principally centered on Sam Vimes and his struggle with the not-so-nice werewolves of Uberwald.
With its numerous winks to our own world, as well as the guest appearence of dear characters such as DEATH or Gaspode the Wonder Dog, the Fifth Elephant turns out as funny as I expected a Pratchett novel to be. Definitely a very good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as always
Such a pleasure to read just like any of his books - subtle transparent humour and charismatic personalities. Extremely engaging.
Published 24 days ago by RJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett - The Fifth Elephant
Another great book by Terry Pratchett. Full of humour, excitement, intrigue and really excellent writing. Enjoyed it from start to finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as usual
Terry Pritchett at his finest great fun I would recommend this book to friends and family both young and old
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A great read as a stand alone book or to build up knowledge of Terry Pratchetts Discworld and the wonderful Commander Vimes
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I didn't enjoy this book as much as other discworld novels. It didn't keep me interested, it seemed to describe the fights in too much length for me and there wasn't enough about... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Elephant
Great novel from Terry Pratchett's Discworld, which is as funny, witty and gripping as all of the books from his classic Discworld series. A must for all Terry Pratchett fans.
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Published 3 months ago by Simon Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
A good Sam Vimes, Ankh - Morpok City watch tale with all the familiar characters, puns quips and plot twists
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This is an excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. It is witty, lively, funny but also very deep, clever and thought provoking. This is definitely a good read. Read more
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brilliant as usual but I refuse to write so much for each little object and do will cut and paste this into each section to avoid having to retype endlessly.
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