The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Published by: Ecco
Published on: April 26, 2011
Page Count: 336
My Reading Format: Hardcover purchased for my personal library
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Review from My Bookshelf
Description from the Publisher:
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.
I am not a fan of Westerns. It’ s not a genre that captures my imagination. It does remind me of my grandfather. He loves Louis L’Amour, so there is something comfortable about it. I listened to 3:10 to Yuma last year and found myself enjoying it more than I had anticipated. So, when The Sisters Brothers made its splash, I decided to pick up a copy for myself. Then it sat on my shelf until it made its way to the Tournament of Books.
When the roster was announced, discussions popped up on Twitter as they are want to do. It was then that Michelle (@michelleerin), Cassandra (@CassandraNeace) and I made plans to read the book together. I was excited to finally be reading the book, especially with some fun bookish tweeps. In the end, that was pretty much all the excitement I found. While I was interested in Eli’s character and had no problems reading the book, there really wasn’t anything that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. When I finished the book, I just wasn’t inspired to talk about much of anything about it.
The Sisters Brothers may not have dazzled me, but I am glad that took a chance on something outside of my comfort zone. It’s never a mistake to give something different a try. I want to thank The Morning News, Cassandra and Michelle for giving me the nudge.