Going to See the Elephant

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 30, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
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On a windy September day, twenty-five-year-old Slater Brown stands in the back of a bicycle taxi hurtling the wrong way down the busiest street in San Francisco. Slater has come to “see the elephant,” to stake his claim to fame and become the greatest writer ever. But this city of gleaming water and infinite magic has other plans in this astounding first novel—at once a love story, a feast of literary imagination, and a dazzlingly original tale of passion, ambition, and genius in all their guises...

Slater Brown lays siege to San Francisco like Achilles circling Troy—until he crashes headlong into reality. Out of money and prospects, he applies for a job at a moribund weekly newspaper called the Morning Trumpet—and, as if by fate, is given a very special parting gift from a moonlighting mystic.

Suddenly Slater has an exclusive on every story in the city. With his uncanny knack for finding scoops, he’s bringing the Trumpet back to life, infuriating a corrupt mayor and falling in love with the woman destined to become his muse. But it is the astonishing inventor Milo Magnet—a man obsessed with harnessing the weather—who will force Slater to navigate the most dangerous straits.

For as Milo unleashes his power on San Francisco and the ravishing Callio de Quincy entrances Slater with hers, as storm clouds gather literally overhead, Slater will become at once a pawn, a savior, and the last best hope for a city that needs him—and his knack for the truth—more than ever before.


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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  - marient - LibraryThing

Slater Brown lays diege to San Francisco like Achilles circling Troy-until he crashes headlong into reality. Out of money and prospects, he lands a job at a moribund weekly newspaper called the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
13
Section 4
20
Section 5
34
Section 6
53
Section 7
56
Section 8
63
Section 22
151
Section 23
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Section 24
161
Section 25
168
Section 26
172
Section 27
182
Section 28
185
Section 29
192

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
108
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
126
Section 19
130
Section 20
140
Section 21
144
Section 30
204
Section 31
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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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About the author (2008)

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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