The Final Solution
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... show more
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.
Publish date: November 1st 2005
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 131
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
Michael Chabon’s The Final Solution. “The longer this story settles into my mind, the better and better it is – both as a story, but also technically. Chabon’s writing is of such a high caliber, he can outshine his own plotting, characters, etc. Not showing off, mind you – just so very good that i...
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 wh...
Note: The review below was taken directly from my Goodreads account. The Final Solution is about an old man, once a famous detective but now resigned to old age, who decides to solve one last mystery: the case of a missing African parrot belonging to a young Jewish boy refugee from Germany during ...
I knew when I picked up this book that it was a Sherlock Holmes tribute, but somehow I’d managed to forget that fact by the time I started reading it. I’m kind of glad I had… I came to the story without expectations, and very much enjoyed it. It might disappoint some readers who expect a more tradit...
This is a rather odd tribute to the mastermind of all fictional sleuths, Sherlock Holmes. He’s lured out of retirement to find a purloined parrot but he would have been better off staying at home.There isn’t much of a mystery and nary an elementary detection in sight. Michael Chabon seems to go out ...