The Final Solution
Other cover for ISBN 9780007196036.
In retirement in the English countryside, an 89-year-old man, vaguely remembered by villagers as a once famous detective, is more concerned with his bees than with the outside world.
When a young boy called Linus Steinman enters the old man's life, he is surprised and oddly touched. The boy, an escapee from Nazi Germany, is mute and acco...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
(view spoiler)[ And let this be a lesson to me to *not* read a bunch of Goodreads reviews. (She types in a Goodreads review.) What Chabon does masterfully in this novel is place the horror of the Holocaust co ...more
Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me. Chabon's gift for long, eloquently crafted sentences and his predil ...more
The language is astounding as usual for Chabon. The style "an expert piece of literary ventriloquism" (via The Village Voice) ...more
Michael Chabon’s novella The Final Solution takes place in Sussex in 1944, in which an unnamed, octogenarian beekeeper – who on ...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
The book is fine,but for me the prose was laboured. I thought it was too clever for the material on hand and that it never flowed. I now get the double (triple) entendre of the title.
I will try Chabon again & hope with more deeper themes with the eru ...more
I found his writing style too verbose, the mystery too simple, and the characters flat. The only reason it got two stars is being there was a German-speaking parrot. I have a soft spot for German-speaking parrots. Don't ask me why.
Yep. It's that un-phenomenal type of lit that was in actuality a contract agreement between lauded Pulitzer-Prize winning author and publishing house. Well, yeah. This fulfills its primary duty indeed: it takes up space in a bookshelf. It is another title to place under the writer's list of titles.
At 131 pages, you know that this will be a clear cut elementary "story of detection" paint-it-by-numbers-type of experie ...more
It is a mystery on a couple of levels - a parrot has learned something, the parrot disappears, someone is murdered, someone decides to solve the case. I cannot explain more but each of those four statements sets out a separate mystery. The title gives the readers clues to two of the mys ...more
While he crawled on hands and knees the possibility of his dying thus recurred to him, and he found to his pleasure that no shadow of indignity darkened the prospect. Long life wore away everything that was not essential. Some old men finished their lives as little more than the sum total of their memories, others as nothing but a pair of grasping pincers, or a set of biter axioms proven. It would please him well enough to amount to no more in the end than a single great organ of detection, rea...more
The story revolves around a mute boy—a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany—and his parrot. People are interested in the parrot for numerous reasons, some more sinister than others. There is a murder.
This book is by ...more
I don't know if anybody else would agree with me that this is a children's ...more
Like all of Chabon's writing, "The Final Solutio ...more
I picked it up solely based on the title and was handsomely rewarded for doing so. While I try not to put spoilers in these notes, I will say that a big part of my scoring this a "4" instead of a "3" has to do with one of the characters. The appearance of certain person of detection fame instantly had me into the story. This quite possibly is the oldest age that the character has ever been written into a tale and Chab ...more
A young mute boy and his parrot, both escaped from Nazi Germany, walks on the railway tracks and attracts the attention of an old man, a former detective. Later, a murder happens and the parrot goes missing, the old man starts helping the police solving the mystery of the missing bird.
The par ...more
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