Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for.
With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters - losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life - and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.
©2011 Patrick deWitt (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
“…gritty, as well as deadpan and often very comic…DeWitt has chosen a narrative voice so sharp and distinctive…it’s very narrowing of possibilities opens new doors in the imagination.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Weirdly funny, startlingly violent and steeped in sadness… It’s all rendered irresistible by Eli Sisters, who narrates with a mixture of melancholy and thoughtfulness.” (Washington Post)
“[T]here’s something cinematic about Mr. deWitt’s unadorned prose style, which at first made this reader do a double-take—can this be serious?—only to continue flicking the pages with pleasure.” (Wall Street Journal)
The Sisters Brothers ranks among the top 10 of the last 100 or so books I've read.
I don't know of another book I've read with which to compare it. It stands out because of its quirkiness.
It's not so much the scenes that stand out but the seemingly out-of-place use of language.
The main character is entirely dominant and therefore the most memorable. Thinking of any other character is only in context of him.
I bought this book knowing nothing about it other than I liked the cover. Yes, I know that's spinning the roulette wheel. Nonetheless, this book delivered for me as far as dialogue, authenticity, content and action. It is literary enough, but not overdone. It is a good, solid and sound book. I do not like westerns, but this did not feel like a western in the sense of the westerns our fathers and grandfathers may have enjoyed.
Became an Audible member as I was traveling and having trouble keeping up with book club! This method makes travel sooo much better.
Well, I was a little let down by the conclusion. Was he trrying to make some sort of a deep philosophical life lesson point? If so, I think I missed it......
Yes. Very well read.
Yes, it kept the long wait times bearable.
I choose this book for my book club pick. That is probably the only way I would read another book by this author. My friends concur,
Although I did enjoy the book, it was a little dry. I never really felt a connection with any of the characters.
I thought he did a decent job of making each voice unique to the character.
The only thing that this novel inspired me to do is pick up a beach read.
An interesting trip though history and and alternative look at how one determines their way of life
I felt like I had dropped into the middle of the story. Not enough background of the Sisters Brothers until late in the story
His voice and performance suited my picture of the main character almost to a tee.
Patrick deWitt's 'The Sisters Brothers' is a story full of grit and pain, but also sweetness. 'Brothers' is told by Eli Sisters, the less-dominant of the two killers. Eli (and also Charlie's) search for redemption among a life of death is captivating and easy to identify with.
The highly-stylized dialogue may be off-putting to some readers, and one or two themes are resolved too neatly or not at all, but these small quibbles aside, 'The Sisters Brothers' is a great read.
I love a story that has good characters and this certianly has them. These men have very hard edges and do as they please. Even though you know what they do is wrong, you still root for them. The setting in the gold rush of California is perfect and in the end provides a chance for the Sisters Brothers to escape the life that they both know is wrong.
He does a wonderful job bringing out the characters from the book. Yes, I feel as if I know the Sister Brothers. The other characters in this story are also portrayed very well by John Pruden.
I felt guilty for laughing and then for wanting the Sisters Brothers to succeed. The story protrays a realistic view of the California Gold rush and the opportunist feeding off it.
I enjoyed the Audio book and would reccomend it highly.
Yes, it's a great story.
The writing style and vernacular of the day was most intriguing to me. John Pruden was excellent as well.
7 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Original and fun. Not too heavy.
Like all great readers, he adds another dimension to the reading experience.
I like animals and was worried about the comments regarding the treatment of them in the book. The horse's experience was sad, but his mistreatment was a result of ignorance and not sadism. That made all the difference for me.
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