The Stolen White Elephant

The Stolen White Elephant[EPUB] ✼ The Stolen White Elephant Author Mark Twain – Oaklandjobs.co.uk PALE TERROR GOES BEFORE HIM, DEATH AND DEVASTATION FOLLOW From the father of American literature, four sparkling comic tales of extraordinary animals and parables subvertedOne of new books in the bes PALE TERROR GOES BEFORE HIM, DEATH AND DEVASTATION FOLLOW From the father of American literature, four sparkling comic tales of extraordinary animals and parables subvertedOne ofnew books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic inEach 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. I love Twain The man s mind is an utter marvel so unique and subversive it s almost difficult to believe such genius could be held within a single mind And yet, here we are.This addition to the Little Black Classics range is comprised of four of Twain s short stories The titular title, The Stolen White Elephant, was by far my favourite It tells the story of a government worker who has been tasked with delivering a peacemaking gift to the queen, in the form of a live elephant from Asia As i I love Twain The man s mind is an utter marvel so unique and subversive it s almost difficult to believe such genius could be held within a single mind And yet, here we are.This addition to the Little Black Classics range is comprised of four of Twain s short stories The titular title, The Stolen White Elephant, was by far my favourite It tells the story of a government worker who has been tasked with delivering a peacemaking gift to the queen, in the form of a live elephant from Asia As is to be expected with Twain, madness ensues and the elephant goes missing The situation flies into disarray as the police are dispatched all over the country to track down the gargantuan beast, and wild sums of money are offered for its capture Twain s wit and sarcasm here are beautifully pointed, and utterly hilarious Such bumbling Such confused and yet understandable rationalisations Such deception I loved it.We are then treated to two polar opposite tales, one of The Bad Little Boy Who Didn t Come to Grief and one of The Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper One inherently bad boy who consistently escapes retribution for his misdeeds, and one deeply good boy who gets himself into such trouble simply for being good Twain makes fun of stories where the opposites are true where good comes to good, and vice versa It s simply not the case in our world, and Twain reminds us of this with each of these bleak little stories.I felt the final story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavera Country, was a poor choice by Penguin It lacked the same mirth of impact as the previous three, and featured such an ambiguous and vague ending that its positioning as the final story in the collection felt a bit off Although still an enjoyable and funny tale, it would have worked better being placed at the beginning here, or even added to a separate Twain collection of similar short stories.Oh, if Little Black Classics had chosen to feature prose, and only prose, I d be such a happy wee lassie So funny I can easily imagine some of the action in this story happening. 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 It s so awkward what happened with this book I have that habit of not checking reviews for books I want to read, I fear spoilers and in turn I try my best not to write spoilers in my reviews not checking and liking most reviews make me less popular in the world of goodreads reviewers I found this book in its amazing print with an audio cd so I thought it would be perfect for my 11 10 years old sons reading assignment It was a satiric and very funny story built a tragic plot One It s so awkward what happened with this book I have that habit of not checking reviews for books I want to read, I fear spoilers and in turn I try my best not to write spoilers in my reviews not checking and liking most reviews make me less popular in the world of goodreads reviewers I found this book in its amazing print with an audio cd so I thought it would be perfect for my 11 10 years old sons reading assignment It was a satiric and very funny story built a tragic plot One of my kids liked it while the other hated the end I LOVED it Mark Twain is the greatest satirist I have ever read for.The edition of the book is illustrated in a very clever and funny way and the voices on the cd were amazing I loved every little detail about the book and its cd A little known short story by Mark Twain, The Stolen White Elephant, deserves muchnotoriety 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 this A little known short story by Mark Twain, The Stolen White Elephant, deserves muchnotoriety 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 this book for everyone as its reading adds a unique spice to anyone s life 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. Read January 23, 2010, re read August 4, 2015 Absolutely hilarious. Not one of Mr Twain s stronger works. Thinking this was a picture book because of the illustrations and short length, I read it aloud It wasn t the most uplifting of booksan noble white elephant given as a gift from one country to show peace with another is stolenand 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 himsel Thinking this was a picture book because of the illustrations and short length, I read it aloud It wasn t the most uplifting of booksan noble white elephant given as a gift from one country to show peace with another is stolenand 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 purposes and get s all he wants from it too What of the elephant itself that eats men and Bibles of all thingsthere must be something deeper here than just a picture book Maybe I ll go look up a review to explain it to me and maybe I ll like it better then 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..

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  • Paperback
  • 64 pages
  • The Stolen White Elephant
  • Mark Twain
  • English
  • 01 August 2018
  • 0241251745