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The Final Solution: A Story of Detection (P.S.) (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Michael Chabon

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Title:The Final Solution: A Story of Detection (P.S.)
Authors:Michael Chabon
Info:Harper Perennial (2005), Paperback, 160 pages
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The Final Solution. A Story of Detection by Michael Chabon (2004)

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I’m not entirely sure why I continue to read Chabon. I find his particular style of over-egged prose not to my taste, and as it’s as evident in The Final Solution‘s 127 pages as it is his longer works. The story is relatively simple, although it tries for cleverness – as Chabon often does – and while it doesn’t rely on an explanatory essay, like Gentleman of the Road (which, I must admit, I did enjoy), the point of The Final Solution hinges on the reader realising something that’s not in the text – although the book’s title is a bloody great huge signpost. In 1944, a retired detective, who is clearly Sherlock Holmes, although he’s never named as such, is dragged into one last case to find the missing parrot belonging a mute German Jewish boy staying at a nearby vicarage. The bird’s disappearance coincides with the murder of another of the vicarage’s lodgers, and it’s surmised he was trying to steal the parrot – which has a habit of reeling off long strings of numbers in German, which many think are code – but was himself robbed of the bird. Chabon handle his Holmes quite well, although Holmes’s irascibility often makes him more annoying than sympathetic, and his approach to the mystery make the plot anything but straightforward. Not a bad light read, but Gentleman of the Road was better. ( )
  iansales | Mar 17, 2019 |
A really enjoyable read.
I would have liked to spend more time with the old detective, and to have seen some of the threads about his life followed. I would have liked to get more of his perspective on the times in which he lived, his experience of WW2 in particular. It would also have been nice to get to know Linus and his parrot better.
I know it's often a hallmark of a good read for the reader to wish the book hadn't ended - but in this case, I think that feeling comes as much from missed opportunities as it does from fondness with the story itself.
Probably too much to ask for the author to return to the subject, but I'd pick it up in a heartbeat if he did. ( )
  Ron18 | Feb 17, 2019 |
A cross between mystery and literary fiction—The Final Solution is a brave and beautiful work exploring death, life, meaning and curiosity. One might never know the final solution but it is a profound pleasure to explore. ( )
  KatelynSBolds | Nov 12, 2018 |
Gem of a story. ( )
  LinzFG | Oct 20, 2018 |
Young child and parrot who rattles off numbers in German become the focus of the investigation during WWII. ( )
  addunn3 | Jun 9, 2018 |
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The distinction's always fine between detection and invention. - Mary Jo Salter
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To the memory of Amanda Davis, first reader of these pages
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A boy with a parrot on his shoulder was walking along the railroad tracks.
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The Final Solution is a 2004 novel by Michael Chabon. It is a detective story that in many ways pays homage to the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and other writers of the genre. The story, set in 1944, revolves around an unnamed 89-year-old long-retired detective (who may or may not be Sherlock Holmes but is always called just "the old man"), now interested mostly in beekeeping, and his quest to find a missing parrot, the only friend of a mute Jewish boy. The title of the novel references Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story "The Final Problem," in which Holmes confronts his greatest enemy, Professor Moriarty, at Reichenbach Falls, and the Final Solution, the Nazis' plan for the genocide of the Jewish people.
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Retired to the English countryside, an eighty-nine-year-old man, rumored to be a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot.

What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out -- a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts? Or do they hold a significance both more prosaic and far more sinister?

Though the solution may be beyond even the reach of the once-famous sleuth, the true story of the boy and his parrot is subtly revealed in a wrenching resolution.

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Retired to the English countryside, an eighty-nine-year-old man, rumored to be a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion : an African gray parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out-a top secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts? Or do they hold a significance both more prosaic and far more sinister?… (more)

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