Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Going to See the Elephant by Rodes Fishburne


"All good first sentences have a kind of energy, wrote Slater Brown in his yellow Notebok as he was being pedaled erratically down Market Street."

Title: Going to See the Elephant
Author: Rodes Fishburne
ISBN: 9780385342391
Publisher: Delacorte Press/2009
Pages: 293

Twenty-five year old Slater Brown land up in San Francisco one fine day. He wants to be one of the greatest writer ever. He has arrived to SEE THE ELEPHANT. Soon after he realises that the reality is much different from his dreams and aspirations. He is financially streamlined.

Hence he takes up a job at a weekly newspaper known as Morning Trumpet. Suddenly fate changes for everyone. He is somehow able to find scoops each week which helps in the circulation of Morning Trumpet. He becomes one sought after reporter. But everything has a turn around. The corrupt Mayor is after him and also an insane inventor Milo Magnet, who wishes to harness the weather with catastrophic effects.

It is interesting to note the way Slater finds scoops. It is almost unbelievable. When Slater is down and out, the reader sympathises with him and also feels elated when he finds his way around. Fishburne has shown San Ffrancisco with all its quirks. It is extremely redeeming to see a very ordinary person like Slater surving there despite its warts. He accepts the city as it is. Slater thinks he finds love in the form of Callio de Quincy who is as weird as the city. Maybe one Slater is going to be one of the greatest writer there was. Who knows?!

Fishburne did a goob job with the book. It is an easy, fun read. Smart, witty and I must say, it has a great title. GO SEE THE ELEPHANT, folks. You won't be disappointed.


Caspette said...

Sounds like an interesting book.

Good teaser and I agree with it, sentences can have an energy.

My teaser is here

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Hey how's it going. Glad you're still blogging.

Here is mine