The Sisters Brothers

deWitt, Patrick

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Sisters Brothers
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.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, ©2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062041265
Characteristics: 328 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Jan 04, 2015
  • arbolito rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this tale of two brothers despite the dark comedy aspect of their chosen career. Great character study and I came to really like the character of Eli. Could make a very good movie...

Aug 28, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like Coen brothers movies, try this book. Eli Sisters and his brother Charlie are killers for hire on a mission for their ominous boss, the Commodore. Part sensitive soul, part psychopath, Eli would rather run a trading post, is an enthusiastic proponent of the new trend for tooth brushing and is sentimentally attached to the hapless Tubs, his plodding half-blind horse. Juxtaposed with some genuinely horrific scenes are moments of quirky humour—the formal, genteel speech patterns, the title and the resolution of the story.

Aug 23, 2014

a good read, dark, funny and compelling. There is more to the book than what meets the eye. I kept thinking what a great film it would be, then found to my utter delight that John C. Reilly (remember Roxie Hart's sad sack husband in "Chicago"?) has bought the film rights and will play Eli!! Can't wait.

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.

Jul 20, 2014

Had my attention throughout the whole book. Must read! ;)

Jun 03, 2014
  • patcumming rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quirky, dark but fun to read. Interesting take on the Western genre. Eli Sisters is a great character.

May 24, 2014
  • kbo90 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Easily the best book i read in 2013! You won't regret it.

Mar 24, 2014

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.

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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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Nov 12, 2013

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 livingand 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 characterslosers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of lifeand 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.


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