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The Man Who Traveled In Elephants

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  150 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Written may 1948.
First published in Saturn, October 1957 as The Elephant Circuit.
First collected into The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, 1959.
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Published 1948
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Jeff Yoak
This is one of my less favorite of Heinlein's work. It is rather fantastic and builds to a surprising conclusion, that doesn't really work as a surprise. That said, it is a touching love story and full of wonder.

2014: Sometimes the narrator can make a big difference, and when I revisited this because of the new Spider Robinson reading, I found I liked it more.

Vikas Khair
Very nice short story about love and not being able to move on. Some people just don't stop to feel their pain and move on to enjoy life. It was such a short story and I got to know about this short story as most of the time from GoodReads and this time through never ending trivia.
Frank
Jun 05, 2014 Frank rated it really liked it
A touching and lovely short story by Heinlein. Good delivery, a slight bit predictable, but the story is the journey, not the reveal.

Supposedly this is one of Heinlein's favorite. That's not surprising after reading much of his other work, and it certainly delivers a wonderful story.
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Oct 03, 2015 Alana rated it it was amazing
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While the ending is no surprise, the buildup and anticipation, the journey to get there, are beautiful. It's such a poignant picture of love, hopes, dreams, the beauty of life and getting the most out of every moment. I actually teared up a little listening to it. A very sweet story.
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Nov 04, 2014 Ann rated it it was amazing
Excellent and poignant story. I've read it as a short story and watched it portrayed as a performance by the Atlanta Radio Theater. Wonderful experience!
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Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of "hard science fiction".

He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre
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