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De gebroeders sisters by Patrick DeWitt
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De gebroeders sisters (2011)

by Patrick DeWitt, Caroline Meijer, Saskia Van Der Lingen

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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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Title:De gebroeders sisters
Authors:Patrick DeWitt
Other authors:Caroline Meijer, Saskia Van Der Lingen
Info:Utrecht De Arbeiderspers 2012
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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (2011)

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This is a millennial take on the western and features a cowboy with a conscience. Eli Sisters and his brother Charlie are professional killers, but Eli has a heart and is beginning to reconsider his profession. He and Charlie are on a mission for a shady character known only as the Commodore: They must find Hermann Warm, steal his secret formula for finding gold, get rid of him and get the money/info back to the boss. However, trust is a commodity on both sides and the Sisters Brothers are not known for their morality. Eli is having a personal crisis in this regard as he looks for love in all the wrong places, re-thinks his profession, and fantasizes about opening a little shop and leaving the violence behind. The violence is brutal, but strangely muted by the humor in the story - mostly conveyed through the brotherly relationship and the wide range of wacky characters they encounter and dispatch on the trail. Their journey takes them from Oregon City to Sacramento and their plan goes awry, but given the time period and setting, (wild west in the gold rush era) any plan seems ludicrous - there is a lot of double-crossing and easy-come/easy-go. Only complaint is that this feels like a sequel -- lots of backstory revealed that could almost stand on its own -- maybe there'll be a prequel? I could totally see this as a movie played by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck or whatever buddy duo is more up to date. It begs for visualization and deadpan looks at the camera - the audience would feel so smart in comparison! Ultimately the Sisters Brothers end up back where they started with everything different, but nothing changed. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
I'm sorry I haven't read this book before. The writing style was so carefree that it made the book so easy to zoom right through. But the story was unique about the Sisters brothers. I loved their differences and their escapades and Eli was certainly the brother with the soft touch. Great read. ( )
  kayanelson | Oct 8, 2020 |
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt Loved the off beat pulse of this book, never predictable, a breath of fresh air.
 
Loved it. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
Patrick DeWitt brings together another collection of colourful characters in this story of the wild west. Eli and Charlie Sisters, the Sisters Brothers, are two hired hands working for the Commodore. They are on a mission on horseback to find and kill Hermann Kermit Warm, they don't know what he has done to upset the Commodore but they are well paid for their services. There are many distractions on their journey but what becomes clear is that Eli is keen to give up living on the edge and wants a quieter life. Their adventures take them to San Francisco and into the gold rush country. The novel is funny and moving and gripping throughout. A great read. ( )
  Tifi | Sep 18, 2020 |
Enjoyable...Like a half waking dream. The ones you write yourself in the early morning waiting for the alarm clock to go off?

You know that lack of continuity? The dream you just keep pushing along?

In that sense this novel is a blank slate. Read it, and lay your own half waking dream rambling over it. Good times. ( )
  Cliff_F | Sep 11, 2020 |
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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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Voor mijn moeder
For my mother
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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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We can all of us be hurt, and no one is exclusively safe from worry and sadness.
The creak of bed springs suffering under the weight of a restless man is as lonely a sound as I know.
Here is another miserable mental image I will have to catalog and make room for.
To me, luck was something you either earned or invented through strength of character. You had to come by it honestly; you could not trick or bluff your way into it.
What would the world be, I thought, without money hung around our necks, hung around our very souls?
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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.

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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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