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The Final Solution CD by Michael Chabon
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Jun 02, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, audiobook, library
Read from May 29 to June 02, 2011

Very disappointed in this work by Michael Chabon.

This novel felt more like a thought experiment than an actual story. Almost as if it was a creative writing assignment.

Here's your homework: Take a literary great of the past (in this case Sherlock Homes) and make him in his late 80's and retired. Then image how he fit in this newer, more modern world. He's still going to solve mysteries,but he's not as sharp as he used to be. At least 100 pages, on my desk by Monday.

You give that assignment to Chabon, and you get this novel. Just enough of a story for a "C+" Grade.

His mastery of language is as strong as ever, and as always he can wield a metaphor with the precision of a surgeon but that's just tools. The framework is weak and sophomoric.

I think I'm going to stop my review here. I don't want it to be longer than the book itself.


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