Thursday, April 09, 2009

Going to See the Elephant by Rodes Fishburn

I was given this book by a fellow AP grader I met in Louisville last year who teaches at Emory and Henry College in Virginia where Fishburn went to school. What a pleasant spring break surprise this novel turned out to be. Journalist Slater Brown arrives in San Francisco and takes a job at a failing newspaper, The Morning Trumpet. He quickly realizes that he needs to find great stories in order to keep his job, and through a serendipitous happening, he gains access to the secrets of the city. He meets and falls in love with a beautiful chess champion, wards off the evil politicians and finds a happily-ever-after solution to his personal unrest. I was enchanted by this little fable.

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