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The Final Solution Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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‘It takes a steady hand to appropriate the world's most famous detective, but Chabon has chutzpah to spare.' Independent
‘Chabon gives the reader a tantalising taste of what he's capable of.' Andrew Roberts, New Statesman
‘Chabon’s gift as a writer is the fatal facility to make anything pleasant in the telling, and “The Final Solution” is further evidence of that talent.’ Daily Telegraph
‘His thoughtful, intricate prose pays handsome tribute to all those ‘tec stories and sleuth yarns…“The Final Solution” is an evocation of the addictive properties of detection and an elegy for its glory days.’ Word Magazine
‘On par with the best, most tightly written sections of Chabon's last novel, the marvelous “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”…exceptional.’ New York Times Book Review
‘One of the best-written American novels published this fall… an experiment by a master.’ The New York Sun
Brilliant novel by the much-acclaimed Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay", prose magician Michael Chabon conjured up the golden age of comic books; intertwining history, legend, and storytelling verve. In "The Final Solution", he has condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that re-imagines the classic 19th-century detective story. In deep retirement in the English countryside, an 89-year-old man, vaguely remembered by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with other people. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African grey 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 perhaps? Or something more sinister?Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot -- beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth?Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution. This brilliant homage is the work of a master storyteller at the height of his powers. See all Product description
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I've read one other book by Michael Chabon and this was as good.
If I hadn't read a review in a list of genre-breaking books I would have missed out on some seriously good writing.
Jump in and enjoy the tale.
STEPHAN BOROWSKI PICKERING / Chofetz Chayim benAvraham
Pulitzer prize-winner Michael Chabon, has written, with this short (127pp), haunting and ingenious novella, a perfect addition to the oeuvre that Conan Doyle himself could not fault. But this is Conan Doyle with a heart. The love of a boy for his parrot, and the parrot for the boy, provides a strangely wrenching framework for this beautiful little work of art.
The double-bluff of the title and the surname of the host family (Panicker(!?)) are the only anachronistic notes. But these are not important against the brilliantly authentic tone and the deeply gripping story that unfolds. Absolutely superb, and, I felt, almost (though not quite) equal to John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in the emotional impact it carries within.