The Stolen White Elephant

The Stolen White Elephant PALE TERROR GOES BEFORE HIM DEATH AND DEVASTATION FOLLOW From the father of American literature four sparkling comic tales of extraordinary animals and parables subverted One of new books in the

  • Title: The Stolen White Elephant
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • ISBN: 9780241251744
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • PALE TERROR GOES BEFORE HIM, DEATH AND DEVASTATION FOLLOW From the father of American literature, four sparkling comic tales of extraordinary animals and parables subverted.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, wit PALE TERROR GOES BEFORE HIM, DEATH AND DEVASTATION FOLLOW From the father of American literature, four sparkling comic tales of extraordinary animals and parables subverted.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

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    1. If those Grimm brothers were around today they should be pointed out two stories and told this is how you do it!The Story of the Bad Little Boy Who Didn't Come to Grief and The Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper.Delightfully subersive tales that gets all the moral points only to throw them out.Marvellous!

    2. A funny collection of witty, silly stories. My favorite was the one by the same title, The Stolen White Elephant. The least favorite would have to be The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

    3. A little known short story by Mark Twain, The Stolen White Elephant, deserves much more notoriety than it has received. It is truly a satirical jewel propped full with Clements’ wit, humor and genius. It is a detective spoof that far outdistances the fabled tales of the great Sherlock Holmes and may well have been the inspiration for Colombo. Mark Twain demonstrates his canny ability to make the unbelievable, logical and the incongruous and absurd rational and reasonable. I highly recommend th [...]

    4. Thinking this was a picture book because of the illustrations and short length, I read it aloud. It wasn't the most uplifting of books noble white elephant given as a gift from one country to show peace with another is stolend the search by a "gifted" detective (who only wants prestige, power, and money but who is none-the-less honored and praised for his work) ends up finding the DEAD elephant among his own workers as they sleep. HmmI think the detective staged the snatching himself for his own [...]

    5. I just struggle with Mark Twain's works. He actually drives me crazy. This is a funny farce and I am not sorry that I read it, but I am quite relieved that it was a short story. The illustrations (done by Robert Ingpen in the first edition book I read) were stunning though. One quote from the book pretty much sums it up, "It is not our provence to prevent crime, but to punish it. We cannot punish it until it is committed." Yep, that's about how government works.

    6. Enjoyed this Twain tale.So a white elephant which should be a peace gift, mysteriously goes missing, so the man who should be in charge of it makes a report to the authorities and the chief detective immediately starts the search. Well after quite a while the elephant is found dead, and the poor guy really ends up literally poor after paying out so much reward money to have it found. Duh, Duh, I know the detective was behind it all along

    7. Büyük bir gizli polistir o! Yanlış yere konmuş fil gibi küçücük bir nesneyi bulmakta yavaş davrandığı ileri sürülebilir; üç hafta boyunca gündüzleri fili bucak bucak arayıp geceleri de onun çürümeye yüz tutmuş leşinin yanıbaşında yatmış olabilir; en sonunda filin yerimi ona hayvanı o yanlış yere koyan kişi göstermiş olabilir, ama tüm bunlardan ne çıkar! Filin bulunmasıdır önemli olan!Yıkılmış bir adamım şimdi, yeryüzünün o yanından o yanına b [...]

    8. Four satirical stories by the American writer most known for the genre. The first three are hilarious. The first story reminds me of G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday. As for the second and third--I wish I'd read these two when I was still young enough to believe in fairy tales! This is a black chapbook by Penguin Classics, bought brand new for eighty bucks at Fully Booked.

    9. I liked the writing style and the absurde tinge of the stories - in particular for the stories of the bad and the good little boy. But the other two stories left me behind a bit unsatisfied and felt just a bit pointless

    10. Quietly funny and clever. Not a whole lot going on, but a good palate cleanser after the density of Rushdie, and makes me more determined to re/read his novels.

    11. I found this to be a quirky, but fun, short story. However, I thought the pace could have been quicker throughout the story as it was so short; more could have happened. [4 stars]

    12. چهار داستان، متوسط از لحاظ داستانیطنز و زبان نویسنده البته مثل همیشه قابل توجه و مایهٔ انبساط خاطر است

    13. Truly not worth the effort. Sadly disappointing.As professional detectives began to establish their profession in the public mind, Mark Twain couldn't resist jabbing them. "The Stolen White Elephant" is a tragicomedy of botched detective work. This royal white elephant is a present from the King of Siam to the Queen of England; the British representative transporting it stopped over in Jersey City to let it recuperate from its long sea voyage — and it was stolen.Mark Twain starts the story off [...]

    14. I hesitated a bit between two and three stars for this book. I liked it, but not as much as some other three-star reads. The stories were fine, entertaining enough, but none of them really captivated me, and I don't enjoy the writing style of Mark Twain as much as I do some other autors. Still, this ended up with three stars, and I don't regret reading it.

    15. I usually appreciate Twain's humor but I don't get this one. With Twain, I feel it must mean something but what? Is it a satirical response to current events of 1882? Or is he just poking fun at detectives? Or journalists? Or seekers of celebrity? Or is he illustrating how easily hoaxed humans are? Since, P. T. Barnum has a cameo, that must be part of it. But how does it all relate to the 'elephant in the room'? You know, it would almost be a parody of a detective story but it predates Doyle's H [...]

    16. this was a fun short readain begins this one, "left out of a tramp abroad" and then he goes to list his reasons, all of them suspect if you know twain.but what's curious about this one is some of the similarities it bears to sarah gruen'd water for elephants, though this one, alas, does not have a happy ending. the ending is somewhati dunnoybe twain got tired of it as the story starts out humorous and i am highly satisfied with it, as twain himself might say"the following curious history was rel [...]

    17. Hoy estaba esperando para rendir (y cuando digo esperando me refiero a horas y horas, the perks of tener apellido con z) y ya había repasado un montón de veces, por lo que estaba haciendo nada básicamente, así que quería leer algo liviano. En mi kindle tenía varios cuentos/historias cortas pero ninguna me llamaba la atención en el momento, excepto esta. Solo leí de Mark Twain "El diario de Adán y Eva" y me encantó, y después de leer este tengo que decir que quiero leer todo de este ti [...]

    18. This is not even a book, its just a short storybut its really well written.Haven't read Mark Twain before this, but looking forward to add more of his works to my listThis story is about a British officer in colonial New York under whose custody a white elephant is stolenhe reports the case to a local detective Blunt and the fun starts! That guy, Blunt, is one of those fame hungry and competence lacking sleuths! The way he goes about 'solving' case is the pathetic or even irritating at times. I [...]

    19. Delightful spoof. Stealing a white elephant is akin to stealing a car on a Caribbean Island. Both are somewhat obvious, but Twain manages to draw it out to its logical conclusion in his own inimitable way. If you liked this story, try Jasper Fforde's Jack Sprat detective books. They are just as hilarious in their own way.

    20. I'm giving this story 2 stars because of the excellent writing that only Twain can do. The short story is not very interesting, so I wouldn't recommend it as a must read.I believe ( because he never comes out and actually says what is going on in the story) is about crooked detectives that swindle a man out of a lot of money while he is having them "look" for his "stolen" elephant.

    21. I wasn't overly thrilled with the story. It wasn't very entertaining and I kept wondering throughout the entire story if it was meant to be a political satire. But I couldn't put together any connections to make it a satire. Overall I gave it two stars because it wasn't bad but it wasn't good either, just ok.

    22. This short story is amazing. An indian official is sent a mission to deliver a white elephant named Hassan to the queen of England to propitiate for misunderstanding his country had with the queen. The official is en route to England when the elephant is stolen. He enlists the assistance of the local detectives, who runs across the country bring it back

    23. This is actually in a collected book of Twain here. This is funny if a little anti-climatic. The updates from the detectives in the field are hilarious. Very sarcastic Yankee in King Arthur's Court type stuff.

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