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The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
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Feb 05, 09


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 reference to the Holocaust distasteful, but to be fair, it also ties to The Final Problem, the story in which Sherlock Holmes meets his apparent demise. The plot appears compelling enough, but Chabon's literary prose pushes critics to a tipping point; some assert there's more than just a gripping yarn at hand, while others question the combination of detectives, geopolitics, and ten-dollar words.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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