The Final Solution
This Michael Chabon experiment with genre fiction -- a follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize winner, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay -- is marked by a notable richness of character and playfulness of plot. Set in sleepy southern England in 1944, the story introduces a nine-year-old refugee, clearly intelligent but mute, and his constant c...more
Set during WWII, the scene opens with an elderly detective we believe to be Sherlock Holmes (it is implied, but the detective is never named!) He is now retired...more
The idea of a Dark Knight Returns style Holmes is a good one, as is the idea of using him as a metaphor for the more "civilized" Victorian World's incomprehension of the evils of the modern one, with even it's greatest mind unable to wrap his head around just what is going on. After all what's a murderous Pussy Cat have on the systematic extermination of an entire race? It's frankly kind of astou...more
From his editorship of an issue of McSweeney's to his Pulitzer Prize-winning Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Chabon has mined genre fiction and pop culture in pursuit of literary gold. His newest novella finds him polishing up the detective story as an unnamed Sherlock Holmes comes out of beekeeping retirement to work the case. Reviewers applaud the fresh approach Chabon takes with Holmes' character, eschewing analytic genius for emotional complexity. Critics labeled the title's referen...more
It tells the story of a German boy with a pet parrot living in post WWII England and his encounter with a famous retired detective. My copy of the book...more
Old Sherlock (for you're meant to assume it's he, despite the fact that he remains nameless throughout) takes the case only to find the bir...more
Like all of Chabon's writing, "The Final Solutio...more
The Final Solution by Michael Chabon. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2004.
What initially drew me to this book was the title, a bad habit I’ll admit to. Its play on the title of a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story “The Final Problem” had me searching for some similarity between the authors’ styles. Sure enough, Michael Chabon has created “A Story of Detection” just as the subtitle says. Within the 131 pages of this novella, Chabon captured the essence of a wonderful myst...more
Michael Chabon’s The Final Solution is a rather odd book. It takes place in England during the World War II era but really does not use the conflict in its plot. Before I read this book I expected a tale about a parrot that holds some course changing information about the war. While an interesting parrot, Bruno, is featured in the story, the book’s focus is mainly on an old retired detective and his exploits while trying to solve two mysteries. At...more
The Final Solution
By Michael Chabon
Harper Collins Publication Inc.
New York, 2004
When it comes to Michael Chabon’s novel, The Final Solution, I found myself certainly overwhelmed with the solution to the makeshift mystery.
Starting with the image of a boy and his parrot by some railroad tracks, I wasn’t sure where the book was going. I grasped that I was seeing these two characters from the perspective of a third, of which Chabon later goes more...more
Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me. Chabon's gift for long, eloquently crafted sentences and his predil...more
I can connect this to school, actually. Because, if something strange...more
1944, England, and the war is not over yet. A young Jewish boy wanders down the railroad tracks, a gray parrot on his shoulder. The attention of an old man is ensnared, and he rushes out when it looks like the boy will harm himself accidentally. The boy does not speak, but the p...more