The Fifth Elephant Book Summary and Study Guide

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Commander Vimes, of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, is sent to the fat, rich country of Uberwald to participate in the crowning of the Low King of the Dwarves. After meeting people, things start getting a little messy and "political" with "diplomatic" overtones as Vimes discovers the theft of the real Scone of Stone from the dwarves.
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Being a copper he's got to solve the crime but he's also got to survive the investigation. Cut off from reinforcements in a place where the Watch badge is merely a rather ugly brooch, he has to solve a murder, return a scone, stop the werewolves from making things worse than they already are...oh, and keep from not becoming dead!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding an assassin (political)    -   unraveling a conspiracy    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement    -   finding a spy/saboteur Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   election campaign Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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