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The Final Solution

A Story of Detection

Chabon, Michael

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Final Solution
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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?
Publisher: New York : Fourth Estate, c2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 006076340X
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHABON
Characteristics: 131 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm

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A mute boy with a talking parrot reveals a mystery that a retired and oddly familiar detective cannot resist.

As fans of the great detective know, after retirement Holmes moved from London to Sussex, where he spent his days keeping bees. Chabon's story takes place during WWII, when Holmes is 89 and intent on bee-keeping only-until a mysterious boy wanders into town. The boy is remarkable for two reasons:... Read More »

Set in the English countryside during World War II, this imaginative story follows an elderly (and possibly familiar) detective on what will become his final--and most profound--case.

Set in the English countryside during World War II, this astounding new work of imagination from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" follows an elderly detective on what will become his final--and most profound--case.


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Jun 13, 2013
  • babyunicorn26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great short novel full of meaning and fast moving plot!

May 28, 2013
  • JOE KEEGAN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this, but I felt like the story got concluded a little too quickly. It was fun to see Sherlock Holmes as an old man though!

Oct 13, 2012
  • Wizards_CastlesAndBells rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a lovely, heartfelt, well-written quick read. Unique, quirky and delightfully fun.

Aug 12, 2012
  • Palomino rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Did I just read poetry? I don't get it. The Boy is a jerk, but Bruno loves him anyways... is that it? Old Sherlock Holmes is kinda dumb? If there wasn't a war on, they coulda just asked and then I wouldn't have needed to read this book?

Mar 20, 2012
  • theoddmouse rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good little story. Would have been better had Michael Chabon paid a little more attention to the flow of the plot and a little less time finding obscure synonyms for every other word in the book.

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Jun 13, 2013
  • babyunicorn26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For the first time in a very many years, he felt the old vexation, the mingled impatience and pleasure at the world's beautiful refusal to yield up its mysteries without a fight.

Mar 20, 2012
  • theoddmouse rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Sieben acht vier vier fünf."

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Jun 13, 2013
  • babyunicorn26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fast moving novella about about the retired Great Detective's final case.

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