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The Sisters Brothers

deWitt, Patrick, 1975- (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.
Authors: deWitt, Patrick, 1975-
Statement of Responsibility: Patrick deWitt
Title: The Sisters brothers
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary: When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.
Subject Headings: Brothers Fiction Gold miners Fiction Frontier and pioneer life West (U.S.) Fiction
Genre/Form: Western stories
Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Brothers
Gold miners
Frontier and pioneer life
LCCN: 2011282605
ISBN: 0062041266
9780062041265
9780062041289
0062041282
Branch Call Number: FIC D
Research Call Number: JFE 12-6687
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Jul 28, 2014
  • jenoteacher rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If Blood Meridian were somehow funny…
I loved this book so much that it sent me in search of "book alikes". Sadly, I wasn't successful, but it prompted me to reread Sarah Canary, by Karen Joy Fowler, which has in common with The Sisters Brothers an on-the-run plot against a gold rush setting, with a strange dash of magical realism.

I fell in love with the spare language and was swept along by the story. The Gold Rush West was a time of contrasts - wealth and extreme poverty, high ideals and ethical egoism, dirt and the desire for cleanliness, death and violence and home. The exploration of the characters' motivations kept me listening. Highly recommend the audio!

Jan 08, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The book was just not my kind of book. I did not find the content amusing as it is said to be. The story is odd with no real purpose. There is a plot but it seemed so anticlimactic that it was boring after a while.

Dec 30, 2013
  • ehm_chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had no idea what to expect (even though I've never watched the "Brothers & Sisters" tv show, I had Calista Flockhart's face and a family drama floating around my subconscious), so it was a really fun surprise that this was a western, so well-written and insightful, sometimes hilarious (though very dry) and sometimes heart-aching. A lot of what I was going to write is perfectly expressed by GLNovak's comment below. Thoroughly entertaining.

Dec 05, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the spare writing, the introspection of Eli, the literary device of the weeping man, the ending that hints at more, and the very effective artwork. It is an easy read and carries you along with its light tone (for quite dark things) and its bits of unexpectedness (like the discovery of the effectiveness of a toothbrush and tooth powder). I read this for a book club and am glad I did as I got lots of insight from my fellow readers. This is a story of two very matter-of-fact guns for hire and the adventures they encounter on their search for their target. The West is portrayed here as a less than idyllic place and time, where people do what they can to survive and to get ahead. Be prepared for some graphic scenes.

Nov 12, 2013
  • merrancg rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fun, interesting, violent!

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Sep 09, 2013
  • mkazzy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There is a poetic touch to this book that made it work for me. Gruesome at times and definitely not comparable to Cormac McCarthy, it's still wildly readable and mostly a lot of fun. Be prepared to laugh, shudder in horror, and even feel a little heartbroken for Charlie and Eli Sisters.

Apr 23, 2013
  • sgardiner rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Entertaining, though not terrific - it seemed like it was trying to be more than it was. I bet it would make a pretty good movie, but as a western book it was far less compelling than, say, Cormac McCarthy.

Apr 23, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the book well enough in its characterizations, but the plot was a bit strange, and almost felt like it was beside the point. It didn't really matter what happened; the point was to spend some time with the Sisters brothers, and to see them in different situations. I really liked Eli's voice, his observations and philosophizing. I didn't enjoy so much the casual violence against people and animals.

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Jul 11, 2012
  • snkattk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"They arrived unhungry and remained so."

Jun 12, 2012
  • Nutty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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
  • Nutty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“...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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