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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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Rating:****1/2
Tags:literary, mystery, illustrated, read in 2012, 12 in 12 Challenge

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The Final Solution: A Story of Detection by Michael Chabon (2004)

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This didn't do much for me. The set up was interesting and then it stopped suddenly. The interesting part is the secret of the 'old man', who seems to be a retired and very old Sherlock Holmes. It isn't really a mystery so it's hard to say if it matches the Doyle style but the style was a bit lost to me. A quick but not particularly good read.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
This novella is a slight effort, not as good as any of the other Michael Chabon I've read, but on a less demanding scale one would still say it's excellent.

It takes place in 1944 and centers around an elderly amateur sleuth who is not named but clearly meant to be Sherlock Holmes. The crime the sleuth is focused on is the disappearance of a mute Jewish refugee boy's parrot, although there is also a murder. The twin mysteries have a reasonably obvious solution, which is not really the point of the book. Instead, lurking behind everything, is the horror of the Holocaust and the parrot's recital of strings of German numbers that everyone wants to get their hands on, from British codebreakers to would-be thieves of numbered bank accounts. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
The Final Solution is Michael Chabon’s homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s a delightful short novel with a once-famous but never-named sleuth, now an elderly bee-keeper, drawn into a mystery involving a mute Jewish boy and his African Gray Parrot. In Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, almost the whole business is the powerful tidiness of rational deduction, as all the disparate pieces are put together with logic ribbon tied neatly in a bow. In Chabon’s take, the detective is old and diminished, and there is a touch of nostalgia to the story if not the person:

Oh, she thought, what a fine old man this is! Over his bearing, his speech, the tweed suit and tatterdemalion Inverness there hung, like the odor of Turkish shag, all the vanished vigor and rectitude of the empire.

Chabon has been criticized by reviewers for neglecting the tidy logical forms of the mystery, and he has been criticized for letting his prose run away with the story. It is clear, however, that this is a Chabon story and not a Doyle story. Chabon’s incredible talent is in his command of language, and the ineluctable rhythms of a long sentence. He gives us a Holmes finally aware of his limitations, and of the limitations of rationality and logic. He gives us a story with subtle allusions to heavier things yet unknown to England of the day. Only the boy and the bird knows, and it has turned the boy quiet. The bird sings of things it doesn’t understand. And so do we. ( )
  Tuirgin | Jun 9, 2014 |
I listened to an audiobook version of this short story. The reviews for the audiobook said it was too complicated to listen to but I disagree. Michael York did a great job telling the story of a mute boy and his parrot.

If you really wanted to, you could go into depth about what everything in the story meant but for me it was just fun to listen to at work, it was a well thought out, short mystery story that had a nice ending.

Of course the ending was hilarious to me, if you read it I hope you also find it just as amusing. ( )
  wrysosrs | Apr 24, 2014 |
Back in 8th grade Language Arts I went through a phase of reading all the Edgar Allen Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle I could find. I'm pretty sure I read all the Holmes stories -- they held my attention better than the Poe for some reason (less baroque language maybe?) -- but my point is that I enjoyed this Chabon novella so much because it's essentially Sherlock Holmes fanfic.

Which is to say, it's odd, unrealistic, somewhat endearing, and detached enough that the reader doesn't get terribly invested in any one character. That isn't a strength of the form, btw, just a feature of it. The strength is in Chabon's gorgeous way with language. Reading his prose is like swimming through a dictionary. ( )
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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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