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The Sisters brothers (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Patrick DeWitt

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Title:The Sisters brothers
Authors:Patrick DeWitt
Info:Toronto : Anansi, 2011.
Collections:Your library, A stack
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Canadian fiction, Read 2013

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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (2011)

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i enjoyed this story so much, and i am so happy to have finally read it.

deWitt garnered so many prizes and so much praise for this book - i kept waiting for all of the brouhaha to die down, and that took a long time to do. i tend to enjoy reading in a bubble, avoiding full reviews and taking in too much information about a book before i have a chance to read it for myself. i don't want to be swayed or primed by the thoughts and ideas of others. sometimes, though, it's hard to do that with certain books because they are just being talked about and written about so often. when that happens, expectations can become impossibly high, and this was certainly a concern i had going into the sisters brothers, and was a good part of the reason for me waiting for a calmer, quieter time, when the book was not being discussed or read quite so much.

another hesitation i had had to do with the fact i don't have a lot of experience reading in the western genre. but deWitt has got my attention and i will be keeping my eyes open for excellent, literary western novels. i have so far avoided cormac mccarthy, because i am not sure i am emotionally girded enough to handle him. heh. i very much enjoyed Lonesome Dove, when i read it years ago, but perhaps it's time to revisit the book. it's been so long that it would likely feel like a new read to me at this point

in talking about this novel in a group here on GR, i referred to it as 'delightful'. which, given the story is about a pair of murdering brothers, and where death and blood is ever-present, is kind of a strange thing to call it. but there you go. deWitt's style really worked for me. it was simple and straightforward, yet it managed to convey a lot of emotion and struck the empathy chord in me. i think deWitt conveyed a lot between the lines of his story - particularly in the dynamic between charlie and eli. i adored eli sisters, and became very fond of his horse, tug. my only 'yeah, but...' had to do with the ending. i didn't know how it would end-end, and i felt the close was a bit of a sad fizzle, compared to the strength of the rest of the story. but it did add a layer of 'well, that's kind of weird!' for me, and i feel i will be thinking about this novel for a while yet.

in choosing to read the sisters brothers now, i was looking for a really good escapist read, a tonic for the string of 'meh' reads that i have experienced lately, and something outside of the types of books i would normally gravitate towards. happily, the book was just what i needed and i loved pretty much every moment of the story!

i really enjoyed this review, in the national post, and written by Michael Christie:
http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/05/... ( )
1 vote DawsonOakes | Sep 17, 2014 |
Heehee yes! This book is great. Funny, almost making me laugh out loud a couple of times. Characters are interesting and real and intriguing - endearing, even.

My only quibble is that it seemed to have a sort of throwaway ending. Not the conclusion; that was good, and I liked it, but the wrap-up seemed a little separate from the first 250 pages. It was like I was reading a raging western, and then the tone changed to something slightly more along the lines of a fantasy book.

Overall, however, definitely a good book, a great book, so much fun to read and be entertained by. ( )
  GraceZ | Sep 6, 2014 |
This book could have been really cool...I thought it was going to be a black comedy adventure story that made you laugh AND cry, but it was just pretty bland. I could tell what the author wanted to/thought he was doing with it, but it just wasn't fully realized. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
This book could have been really cool...I thought it was going to be a black comedy adventure story that made you laugh AND cry, but it was just pretty bland. I could tell what the author wanted to/thought he was doing with it, but it just wasn't fully realized. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
This book could have been really cool...I thought it was going to be a black comedy adventure story that made you laugh AND cry, but it was just pretty bland. I could tell what the author wanted to/thought he was doing with it, but it just wasn't fully realized. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
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Sometimes, a novel is like a train: the first chapter is a comfortable seat in an attractive carriage,and the narrative speeds up. But there are other sorts of trains, and other sorts of novels. They rush by in the dark; passengers framed in the lighted windows are smiling and enjoying themselves. You aren't a passenger, you don't care about that destination, and the whole train rumbles on without you.
added by geocroc | editThe Guardian, Jane Smiley (Jul 15, 2011)
 
Much has been made, over the last few decades, about the death of the western as a genre. All this talk, however, seems to overlook a single, crucial point: the western was never just a genre....DeWitt not only plays the western straight, he draws from the best. Written with the parsed force of the best of Elmore Leonard, DeWitt’s closest CanLit antecedent seems to be Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. The influence comes through not only in his attention to every word, every detail, but also in the deadpan, unflinching depiction of violence, reality elevated almost to the level of ridiculousness...Despite being deliberately and effectively part of a tradition (one can imagine it being written and read a hundred years ago, with a few caveats), The Sisters Brothers is a bold, original and powerfully compelling work, grounded in well-drawn characters and a firm hold on narrative. When they say “They don’t write em like that anymore,” they’re wrong.
 
There never was a more engaging pair of psychopaths than Charlie and Eli Sisters, two brothers who kill for hire—and for necessity, and sometimes for the pure, amusing hell of it....So subtle is DeWitt’s prose, so slyly note-perfect his rendition of Eli’s voice in all its earnestly charming 19th-century syntax, and so compulsively readable his bleakly funny western noir story, that readers will stick by Eli even as he grinds his heel into the shattered skull of an already dead prospector.
 
Because rather than concerning himself with showboating his period-specific research, deWitt has deliberately flouted the rules of straight-laced historical realism here, to stunning effect. And most importantly, what he does get right are the flawed and jagged hearts of his characters, which is all the real this reviewer needs....What Western is real anyway? Aren’t they all revisions and stylizations of the past? From the kindergarten morals and the ridiculous bloodlessness of Hollywood Westerns, to Louis L’Amour’s pat Harlequin Romances for men, to the populist machismo of spaghetti Westerns and their impossibly slow gun duels, the genre has never registered very high on the reality scale.....The overall effect is fresh, hilariously anti-heroic, often genuinely chilling, and relentlessly compelling. Yes, this is a mighty fine read, and deWitt a mighty fine writer.
 
Nothing in Patrick deWitt’s first novel, Ablutions, a laconic barfly’s lament for a dysfunctional life, could prepare you for his second, a triumphantly dark, comic anti-western; apart, that is, from the same devastating sense of confidence and glittering prose. ...The writing is superb, with each brief chapter a separate tale in itself, relayed in Eli’s aphoristic fashion. The scope is both cinematic and schematic, with a swaggering, poetic feel reminiscent of a Bob Dylan lyric, while the author retains gleefully taut control of the overall structure. ...
 

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I was sitting outside the Commodore's mansion, waiting for my brother Charlie to come out with news of the job.
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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 Sacremento, Eli begins to question what he does-and whom he does it for. With The Brothers Sisters, 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, 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. (ARC)
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The Sisters brothers?
Guns for hire, but Eli
Fancies a job change.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062041266, Hardcover)

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.

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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.… (more)

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