The final solution

by Chabon, Michael.

Format: Book on CD 2004
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks CD Chabon
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Call Number  CD Chabon
Carnegie Library of McKeesport AV CD-BK F CHA
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Northland Public Library Audio Books FIC CHA (COMPACT DISC)
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Shaler North Hills Library Audiovisual CD CHABON [B-O-CD]
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In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay , prose magician Michael Chabon conjured the golden age of comic books, interwining history, legend and story-telling verve. In The Final Solution , he has condensed his boundless vision to create 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 recollected by the locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his bookkeeping than 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 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? Or do they hold a significance at once more prosaic and far more sinister?

Though the solution to this last case may be beyond even the reach of the once famed sleuth, the true story of the boy and his parrot is subtly revealed to the reader in a wrenching resolution to this brilliant homage. The Final Solution is a work from a master story-teller at the height of his powers.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Following Summerland (2002), his foray into fantasy, Chabon continues to tinker with genre fiction, this time with a peculiar homage to the classical detective story. It's summer 1944: the Allies are slogging their way across France, and deep in the British countryside, a man is killed, apparently while in the act of stealing a German boy's parrot. The boy, a seemingly mute Jewish refugee living with a melancholy African minister and his English wife, captures the interest of a long-retired detective, once famous for his remarkable deductive abilities. Thus begins a slow-moving but atmospheric evocation of the mood and feel of Christie and Sayers. Once roused from his reclusive retirement, our nameless, pipe-smoking, beekeeping hero proves every bit as eccentric and outlandishly brilliant as the classical-era detectives he evokes: Holmes, Poirot, Wimsey. Although Chabon patches together a serviceable plot--the murder victim may have been some sort of spy, and the number-spouting parrot may be hoarding a secret--he is less interested in constructing a genuine puzzle than in assembling a cast of eccentrics and letting them frolic in the countryside. It's all accomplished with plenty of smart, stylistic turns, but finally the short novel feels like a lesser Coen brothers movie: all the trappings without much filling. That's the trouble with genre homages: too often they turn out be Potemkin villages. --Bill Ott Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Holmes, Sherlock -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- England -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Fiction.
Beekeepers -- Fiction.
Older men -- Fiction.
Refugees -- Fiction.
Boys -- Fiction.
Sussex (England) -- Fiction.
Publisher [New York] :HarperCollins,2004
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors York, Michael, 1942-
HarperCollins (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Michael York.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 3 audio discs (3 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0060765712
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