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Going to See the Elephant

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Going to See the Elephant by Rodes Fishburne
Dec 30, 2008 | ISBN 9780440338277

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“Delightfully whimsical [Rodes Fishburne is] a fantacist, and his sweet comic novel is as light as a bright balloon, and just as appealing.”USA Today

“Delightfully visual, full of whimsy, adventure, and blithely caustic social commentary, Fishburne’s sweet and funny debut novel offers comic-book-like entertainment with an iron core.”–Booklist, starred review

Going to See the Elephant is a vivid, giant mash note to the city by the bay. It’s an adventure story, a love story and a story about growing up.”–San Francisco Chronicle

“Rodes Fishburne is onto something here. If you’ve ever been young you’ll recognize the wide-eyed innocence he serves up, if you’ve ever lived in a city you’ll recognize the fun house he mirrors, and the madcap ambition, the roll of the brave and shaky dice, the lightning-chord changes that leave everyone gleaming, and the luminous sucker punch of first love and first loss–all that’s our own. The closer you get to Going to See the Elephant the more we all see ourselves.” –Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snickett

Going to See the Elephant will delight anybody who has ever written a first novel, wanted to write a first novel, and especially those who cherish reading unforgettable first novels. It is both funny and wise.”–James Patterson

“Rodes Fishburne is a marksman hunting down first-novel fame, and he never misses.”–Tom Wolfe

"Slater Brown, the wide-eyed young hero of Rodes Fishburne’s delightful debut novel, is just the man I’d want to lead me through the streets of San Francisco and regale me with its stories Going to See the Elephant is a rollicking good tale with an old-fashioned sense of fun; one can’t help falling in love."–Michelle Richmond, author of The Year of Fog

“Every single page of this book brought a smile to my face. Rodes Fishburne is a keen observer of the world with a rosy imagination and a mammoth heart. Going to See the Elephant is an absolute winner.”–Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine

“Rodes Fishburne has written a wildly energetic, engaging, and smart first novel, set in a city he clearly knows and loves. From start to finish Going to See the Elephant is top- drawer fun, and an impressive debut.”–Tom Barbash author of The Last Good Chance

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