The Fifth Elephant

By Terry Pratchett,

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They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That its finest practitioners are subtle, sophisticated individuals for whom nuance and subtext are meat and drink. And that mastering it is a lifetime's work. But you do need a certain inclination in that direction. It's not something you can just pick…

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1 author picked The Fifth Elephant as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Like all of Pratchett’s disc world books the story is well thought out, the characters people the reader can identify with and, in some cases, even recognise, but it is also more than just a story. Pratchett is an absolute master at folding social commentary into his stories, and this one is no exception. The cynical Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, Sir Samuel Vimes, reluctant Duke of Ankh, is sent into Überwald as Ambassador to attend the coronation of the Low King of the Dwarves and must deal with a Werewolf clan, plotting dwarf factions, and the Lady Margalotta…

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