The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

Book - 2011
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"Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother's penchant for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. On the road to Warm's gold-mining claim outside San Francisco -- and from the back of his long-suffering one-eyed horse -- Eli struggles to make sense of his life without abandoning the job he's sworn to do".
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780887842894
Branch Call Number: FIC DeWit
Characteristics: 330 pages : illustrations


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emilymelissabee Jul 13, 2012

This novel has a unique and endearing voice, and a perfect ending. A strange read, but a must-read.

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Jan 16, 2020

Funny, dark, dramatic, and engaging. Eli and Charlie are intriguing main characters. The vignettes that make up the meat of the novel are very interesting, despite them feeling superfluous to the narrative, but the American West is all about moments of tremendous success surrounded by a lifetime of chaotic suffering. This novel portrays that well.

Sep 14, 2019

Didn't like the book. Silly characters.

Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / November 2015

Avoid the movie version at all costs. It's horrible.

Tigard_DeidraM Jul 30, 2019

This is on its way to being one of my favorite books of all time! Filled with dark humor, awkward situations, and unforgettable characters. Notable sense of time and place. Its ALL about the dialogue here...Fans of Quentin Tarantino and readers of Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck will appreciate this one.

Jul 29, 2019

I found the best thing about this Western road trip set in 1851 is the voice of the narrator, Eli Sisters. Eli and his brother Charlie, the titular Sisters brothers, are hired hitmen working for a crime boss named simply the Commodore. Their current assignment is to travel from Oregon City to San Francisco and Sacramento to kill a gold prospector for reasons not divulged until much later in the story. They set off on horseback and encounter a number of strange characters along the road, including an apparent witch, a weeping man, and a teenage survivor of a gold-seeking family caravan that fell on hard times. Eli narrates all this in a refined, supposedly 19th-century style that sounds very proper and literary and entirely out of place for an uneducated (or least under-educated) hired gun. There is a gentle, wise humour throughout, even though the events being described are sometimes quite gruesome and bloody.

Several blurbs for the book compare it to Cormac McCarthy's The Road. There are some similarities, but The Sisters Brothers is far less dark than The Road. I found it a quick and enjoyable read. I wouldn't say there are any deep meanings or messages, but the tone and style are excellent.

Jul 26, 2019

One of the best books I have seen and read in my entire life, good job Patrick DeWitts!

Apr 09, 2019

Dull and simple - DNF

Mar 10, 2019

This novel is unlike any other western , keep that in mind when you read it. Imaginative and witty don't give up after the first chapter you will hit a gold mine if you keep reading. Plus there is a movie out that follows the story and captures the essence of what the author is expressing in his unusual characters. I highly recommend

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 29, 2018

A genre-bending western that was by turns hilarious, deeply disturbing, bewildering, and surprisingly poignant. I found I both enjoyed it and was relieved when it was over. The author deftly exercises and then skewers many classic western tropes so that by the end characters are less like stereotypes and more like traumatized human beings. Certainly not a book for everyone but a great fit for those who love darkly absurd, violent, literary fiction.

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Jul 11, 2012

"They arrived unhungry and remained so."

Jun 12, 2012

“I thought, When a man is properly drunk it is as though he is an a room by himself--there is a physical, impenetrable separation between him and his fellows.”

Jun 12, 2012

“...but I could not sleep without proper covering and spent the rest of the night rewriting lost arguments from my past, altering history so that I emerged victorious.”


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