The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ecco Press, c2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780062041265
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 08, 2018

this was an excellent read.

Hillsboro_AnnieS Oct 23, 2018

If you like movies by the Cohen Brothers, then you'll like "The Sisters Brothers". I found myself laughing hysterically by the absurdity and morbidity of this story.

Sep 21, 2018

Hired guns of the Old West. The prose is well done, and the story is interesting but not compelling, because the characters, I think, are all off kilter or otherwise inconsistent. I suppose the narrator is darkly humorous, but his internal struggles aren’t that engaging. Still, it’s being made into a movie, so somebody saw something.

Sep 11, 2018

Movie based on this book showing on TIFF right now. Can't wait to see it.

Jan 16, 2018

Patrick DeWitt's "The Sisters Brothers" is not unlike the westerns by Cormac McCarthy. It's written well; its dark; and it is often humorous.

Vero_biblio Dec 22, 2017

Follow this dumb hitmen duo across the Far West, and you’re guaranteed to chuckle along the way.

Nov 06, 2017

Unusual juxtapositions grabbed my attention and kept me page-turning – properly correct language of a century and a half ago uttered without the bat of an eye in the midst of blood baths and gunned down bodies; grittily real warts-and-all characters, one of whom is a sensitive, introspective type who gains insight along his hired-gun way; humour and gentleness that comes at a reader-cringing moments of violence. de Witt develops his two main characters masterfully with copious dialogue (as if he were laying the groundwork for a screenplay), and the plentiful details of their journey make for high realism … never mind the historical facts. I was fully engaged.

SCL_Justin Aug 05, 2017

Patrick DeWitt’s western, The Sisters Brothers is, for me, a lighter version of a Cormac McCarthy novel. An acquaintance of mine had it pushed to her as a hilarious, funniest book ever kind of thing and it set her up for immense disappointment. I mean, it is funny but in a dry, dark, taking horrible things seriously kind of way. I can’t remember if the Coen brothers comparison is on the cover of the book (mine was an e-copy) but it’s funny in the Fargo way, not The Big Lebowski.

In any case the story is about a couple of bounty-hunting brothers (whose last name is Sisters, which makes this another addition to the collection of books that cause misreadings of their titles based on imagined apostrophes – my favourite other example being Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End) going down from Oregon to San Francisco to kill a guy. There are crappy horses and merciful decisions and badass gunfighting (badass in the brutal “there ain’t nothing honourable about shooting a man” kind of way), and it definitely fits in the picture of the time painted by Deadwood or Unforgiven.

I liked it, but anyone selling it as a funny book is emphasizing the wrong aspects, I think. It’s a story of brutality and masculinity. And it has a great cover.

tuscany1 Apr 29, 2017

Eli & Charlie Brothers are professional killers who work for The Commodore. Good story, well written and the relationship between the brothers is at times both amusing and sad. A grittily realistic western.

SquamishLibraryStaff Sep 29, 2016

I'm sorry I waited so long to read this book, as it was one of the most entertaining novels I've read in years. The plot is gripping and lightning quick, and Eli has to be one of the best narrators of all time. Suspenseful and laugh out loud funny, it's as if the Coen brothers wrote a novel. I haven't read many westerns, but that wouldn't be the case if they were all as witty as The Sisters Brothers.

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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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