The Final Solution by Michael Chabon [Review]

Chabon is one of those authors I’ve been slightly wary of reading, not least because he’s got some hefty books out there, so when I learned of this novella, I decided it was the one to go for!

When, a man is killed in a quiet English village, and a rare parrot goes missing, the police turn to an old detective who also lives there for advice. Famous in his day for his methods and success rate, this 89 year old, is wiling away his retirement, keeping bees, living a quiet life and just hoping, that when the end come, it’s not a humiliating  one.

Whilst the man is never named, it’s not difficult to guess that the old man might just be Sherlock Holmes.

The mystery of the man’s death, in the old detective’s mind plays second fiddle to that of the missing parrot. Which is driven in part for his affection for the young boy to who it belongs, but also because he’s a slightly cantankerous old man that likes to do things his way.

To be honest, there’s not a lot of mystery or detective work, going on here, it’s more the chance to meet some interesting characters, and see a once great mind, show that even at nearly 90 years old it still has something to show for itself.

This was an interesting introduction to Chabon’s oeuvre. I’m not sure though, I’ll be making the effort to grab another book by him over what I already have on my TBR pile by other authors, certainly one day, I’m sure I’ll be reading him again at some point, but not just now.

Other reviews to consider:

Stainless Steel Droppings | Lost in Books | Reading Matters | Stacked | Adventures in Reading

Buy: The Final Solution by Michael Chabon from The Book Depository.


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8 Responses

  1. Anastasia says:

    This was the first book I read by Mr Chabon and I really hated it, so it was lucky that I forgot all about it when I read SUMMERLAND a few years later! It’s a great YA fantasy book, so when you’re feeling interested in Chabon again you might want to try that one. :D
    .-= Anastasia´s last blog ..Review: The Circus Lunicus by Marilyn Singer =-.

  2. Chris says:

    Hmmm…I hope I have better luck with his fiction than this! My first experience with him was Manhood for Amateurs, his newest collection of essays and I absolutely loved that book. It was fantastic! I think I’m going to start with Kavalier and Clay for his fiction.
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday and Bad Bloggers! =-.

  3. Stormfilled says:

    I have to admit I didn’t love The Final Solution. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t spark with me. Kavalier and Clay however is utterly fantastic, Chris, you’ll love it! And The Wonder Boys is one of my favourite books ever, I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe.

  4. Kailana says:

    I have never even heard of this book by him. I am looking forward to reading some of his fiction., though
    .-= Kailana´s last blog ..Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon =-.

  5. Fyrefly says:

    I love Chabon’s way with language enough that I’ve acquired quite a few of his books, but they do tend to languish for long periods on my TBR pile… there’s always something calling my name more loudly! I did really enjoy Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, and Wonder Boys, though, and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union to a slightly lesser extent.
    .-= Fyrefly´s last blog ..Jeffrey Stepakoff – Fireworks Over Toccoa =-.

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