Going to See the Elephant

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 19, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
5 Reviews
Rodes Fishburne’s highly praised, “delightfully whimsical…sweet, comic” (USA TODAY) first novel is about a young, wide-eyed, innocent writer and his adventures in San Francisco.

WHAT IF WE TOLD YOU YOU’RE ABOUT TO READ?

“. . . an adventure story, a love story, a story about growing up”? ?

He got the idea for the novel from a ferocious thunderstorm in Alaska that trapped him in a tent for twenty-one days with only a pair of headphones and a Walkman radio

You’ll understand when you read the book…

BECAUSE A SMALL POCKET RADIO TRANSFORMS OUR MAIN CHARACTER FROM THE GREATEST UNKNOWN WRITER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD . . . TO THE MOST POWERFUL NEWSPAPERMAN ON THE WEST COAST.

So is it any wonder the story was selected for the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Notable Books” and the Denver Post’s “Editor’s Pick”? Or for that matter, Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month,” the “Indie Next List,” The Week magazine’s “Must Reads,” and San Francisco magazine’s “Hot List”?

IS IT ROMANTIC, YOU ASK? CLEVER? MAGICAL? IT’S ALL OF THOSE, WE’D SAY. IN FACT . . .
 

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User Review  - Dannelke - LibraryThing

Fishburne's debut novel. Start with a great location, some nice San Francisco lore and throw in the sort of "and then THIS happened" plot that works well for the likes of Larry McMurtry and T.C. Boyle ... Read full review

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User Review  - dczapka - LibraryThing

It's often understood that first writers tend to write almost exclusively about what they know. This fact becomes very strongly evident in the first pages of Rodes Fishburne's debut novel Going to See ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
13
Section 3
20
Section 4
34
Section 5
53
Section 6
56
Section 7
63
Section 8
74
Section 23
172
Section 24
182
Section 25
185
Section 26
192
Section 27
204
Section 28
221
Section 29
228
Section 30
233

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
101
Section 13
108
Section 14
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Section 15
126
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
144
Section 19
151
Section 20
154
Section 21
161
Section 22
168
Section 31
238
Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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About the author (2011)

Rodes Fishburne has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, where he was the editor of the acclaimed "Big Issue," an annual magazine of literary essays from leading writers and thinkers. He is a member of the Grotto, a San Francisco writers' collective. Going to See the Elephant is his first novel.

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