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The Final Solution: A Story of Detection (P.S.) Paperback – Illustrated, November 1, 2005

3.8 out of 5 stars 222 ratings

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“On par with the best, most tightly written sections of Chabon’s last novel, the marvelous The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay…exceptional.” (New York Times Book Review)

“At once an ingenious, fully imagined work, an expert piece of literary ventriloquism, and a mash note to the beloved boys’ tales of Chabon’s youth, The Final Solution is a major minor work that will come to be seen as a hinge piece in the development of Chabon’s art…A prose magician, Chabon is that rare literary anomaly: a gentle-spirited writer of boundless ambition." (Village Voice)

“One of the best-written American novels published this fall . . . an experiment by a master.” (The New York Sun)

“Chabon writes with plummy luxury . . . the language is luscious enough to lap up.” (Washington Post)

“Deftly composed…the slender but elegant narrative begins churning on its way…seating us around a rooming-house dinner table of a Sunday with a full cast of secondary characters…it’s a method that dovetails beautifully…[The Final Solution] is a lovingly constructed tribute to a form.” (Chicago Tribune )

“A profound pleasure.” (New York magazine)

“The tough, fibrous membrane that used to separate literary fiction from popular fiction is rupturing. The highbrow and the lowbrow, once kept chastely separate, are now hooking up, which is why we have great, funky, unclassifiable writers like Chabon…this is literature in mid-transformation, the modernist bleeding into the postmodern and beyond.” (Time magazine)

“Chabon’s fans will eagerly clue in on a fine new quality in his nimble voice-something firm, rich, and anything but child’s play.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Delightful…and deceptively profound...Chabon shows his greatness.” (Louisville Courier Journal)

“Simple and startlingly sad…Chabon has created a minor masterpiece.” (Hartford Courant)

From the Back Cover

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.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 5.1 ounces
  • Paperback : 131 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0060777109
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0060777104
  • Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.36 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial; Illustrated Edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 222 ratings
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