The Final Solution
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The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
In the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & 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 recollected by locals as 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 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.
"On par with the best, most tightly written sections of Chabon's last novel, the marvelous The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clayâ€¦exceptional." New York Times Book Review
"One of the best-written American novels published this fallâ€¦an experiment by a master." The New York Sun
"A profound pleasure." New York Magazine
"Chabon writes with plummy luxuryâ€¦the language is luscious enough to lap up." The Washington Post
"Delightfulâ€¦and deceptively profound...Chabon shows his greatness." The Courier-Journal
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Publication date7th February 2005
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