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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

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.

Topics: Crime and Funny

Published: HarperCollins on Apr 26, 2011
ISBN: 9780062041272
List price: $7.99
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no country for old men meets simple plan. the story of two brothers' relationship. how they differ and love each other but struggle to show it.
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Rating: 3* of fiveThe Book Report: Achilles and Patroclus in the Old West. Brothers whose adult lives are spent murdering in the service of a venal master, the Commodore, without question or conscience. Eli Sisters, in this story, awakes to conscience, and as is inevitably the case, disaster, ruination, and tragedy ensue.My Review: Pleasant way to wile away the hours. Some anachronisms niggled at me. I thought the storytelling voice was charming.That's it, really. Nothing world-shaking. A very nicely made novel about people I'd cross the street to avoid in real life. If television is too unspeakably grim and Nabokov is too much work, this'll pass the time.
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This is probably the book from the Booker short list that I would have thought I wouldn't have enjoyed, not usually reading westerns and having a low tolerance for violence in books, but it's the one that I actually enjoyed the most.Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired killers, paid by the 'Commodore' in Oregon City to kill a man named Herman Kermit Warm in San Francisco at the time of the California gold rush. Much of the book is taken up with their journey to San Francisco and their encounters on route, some of which are violent and some merely bizarre. The younger brother Eli narrates the story and initially seems a somewhat suprising killer: a thoughtful man who has dreams of leaving the violence behind and setting up a trading post, and who is concerned for his horse's welfare. I particularly enjoyed Eli's minor experiences en route: discovering the joys of tooth brushing or trying to order a low-fat meal in a frontier town. Eli as well as Charlie is an extremely efficient killer however, and I think for me this is what gave the book its strength, as by making him an attractive but at the same time extremely violent character the author opens up all sorts of questions about the causes of violence. The relationship between Charlie and Eli, characterised by constant bickering combined with their sense of responsibility for each other is also really well portrayed.
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Bought this and then regretted it almost by page 10. Once again made me wonder about the standards for Canadian literatire. I found the characters to be shallow and mean. THe story is violent and just plan stupid.
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