I just struggle with Mark Twain's works. It wasn't the most uplifting of books...an noble white elephant given as a gift from one country to show peace with another is stolen...and 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. Mark Twain’s humorous satiric short stories about amongst other a stolen elephant and about a good and a bad boy. It's sacred to kings, and only kings can have a white elephant. This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Chief Inspector Blunt of the New York Police Department puts all of his men on the case and promises to find the thieves. The Stolen White Elephant Summary Andres Rosas del Castillo 2IV1 Brandon Segura Nuñez 2IV1 chapter III As he was going to retire, Inspector Blunt raised a strategy consisting of compromise with the thieves with a one hundred thousand dollars to recover the elephant The inspector Documenting the Full Spectrum of Human Achievement. Gave up after 4 pages. Then the detective sent and received some notes and made an appoitment with the thieves. "The Stolen White Elephant" is a broad farce mocking the self-proclaimed omniscience of many fictional detectives, told entirely in the form of a series of ridiculous telegraphs. We’d love your help. S-Z When chief Blunt came back, he took the white elephant's deliverer until the building basement, and there was the white elephant, dead. He knew it was not healthy to be good.”, See 1 question about The Stolen White Elephant…, The Complete Short Stories by Mark Twain (Illustrated) (Delphi Parts Editi, The Complete Short Stories by Mark Twain (Illustrated) (Delphi Parts Edition, Readers' Most Anticipated Books of November. Reading the omniscient hero of the story unfailingly direct his detectives in all the wrong directions, I immediately assumed that Twain was sending up Sherlock Holmes, only to discover that the story was written five years before Sherlock first appeared in print. He also suggested a reward and sent lots of his men to look for the elephant. The Stolen White Elephant Page 01 THE STOLEN WHITE ELEPHANT by Mark Twain [Left out of A Tramp Abroad, because it was feared that some of the particulars had been exaggerated, and that others were not true. 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. S-Z M-R Chief Inspector Blunt, a detective who is in charge of finding the lost elephant; he first receives the report of the elephant’s disappearance. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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. I was somewhat disappointed by this story. We soon learn that the Chief Inspector's unflappable acuity is neatly matched by the horde of detectives he looses upon the land in search of the white elephant. I liked that the action starts from the beginning of the book so like this is more intriguing so I can read it easier. Inspector Blunt took notes about the elephant's eating habits and appearance, and printed photos. The book is a critic comedy and laughs at the police force. If those Grimm brothers were around today they should be pointed out two stories and told this is how you do it! My opinion about the book I think this book is entertaining, its writer says the book is a comedy but I didn't laugh in any moment, all the time I was worry for the elephant, I was intrigued. Three delightful stories, all with Twain's trademark wit and sense of fun. Revolving around the theft of a literal white elephant, the gift of the King of Siam, this manifestly absurd story is nevertheless modeled after the real life efforts of a blundering New York Police Department to recover the corpse of one Alexander T. Stewart, stolen from his family vault in 1878. Main It was funny and I really enjoyed it. The Stolen White Elephant Etc. The first story reminds me of G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Include "The Stolen White Elephant" in your research. In this detective mystery, a Siamese white elephant, en route from Siam to Britain as a gift to the Queen, disappears in New Jersey.The local police department goes into high gear to solve the mystery but it all comes to a tragic end. Mark Twain starts the story off easy and reasonable, but during the interview of the British representative by the Chief Inspector of the New York detective force, we begin to drop off the deep end: "Now, what does the elephant eat, and how much? “He will leave Bibles to eat bricks, he will leave bricks to eat bottles, he will leave bottles to eat clothing, he will leave clothing to eat cats, he will leave cats to eat oysters, he will leave oysters to eat ham, he will leave ham to eat sugar, he will leave sugar to eat pie, he will leave pie to eat potatoes, he will leave potatoes to eat bran; he will leave bran to eat hay, he will leave hay to eat oats, he will leave oats to eat rice, for he was mainly raised on it. In it, an Indian elephant, en route from India to Britain as a gift to the Queen, disappears in New Jersey. and Other Sketches, The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories, The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches, A Salutation Speech From the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth, The Private History of a Campaign That Failed, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Stolen_White_Elephant&oldid=985971017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 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. All Rights Reserved. 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. 'The Stolen White Elephant' text on Project Gutenberg, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls, Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance, A True Story and the Recent Carnival of Crime, Punch, Brothers, Punch! Mark Twain demonstrates his canny ability to make the unbelievable, logical and the incongruous and absurd rational and reasonable. untimely Reviews Refresh and try again. The Stolen White Elephant Mark TWAIN (1835 - 1910) In this Mark Twain short story an Indian elephant, en route from India to Britain as a gift to Queen, disappears in New Jersey.

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