The Sisters Brothers: A Novel
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on July 30, 2015
I knew nothing about the author or the particular book when I started it and was surprised in the best possible way as I started it. The use of language appropriate to the period and the character development of the two principals are both outstanding. The story itself is on the depressing side, but probably pretty true to life for the period. All things considered, a very enjoyable read. I bought another of DeWitt's book immediately after finishing.
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on July 29, 2015
Loved it! I have never read a book on the wild west till now. This book held me from page one. I could barely put it down and read it in record time. I loved the language used, which as I have understood at this time period newspapers were written at the upper college level for people who barely finished the eighth grade. Therefore their word choices were higher than one would expect they'd use and made the read richer and fuller. I enjoyed the brothers and especially the one narrating. The read was about two brothers who had the last name Sister. They were hired guns looking to kill a man. The brothers were as opposite as night and day. One with a tender heart the other, well not so tender. It was a gritty, raw read mixed with humor, and I found myself laughing a good bit, and sadness. Lots of interesting detail in this book that painted wonderful pictures in my mind. My heart went out to both brothers by the end of the book. I left the book feeling a bit sad and relieved at the same time. Don't want to say more! Other than this: READ this book. You'll love it.
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on July 23, 2015
This was an odd one.

The Sisters Brothers, Charlie and Eli, are hired killers in the employ of the Commodore. They set out for San Francisco to complete the contract killing of one Hermann Kermit Warm, someone with a very important formula, one that he wouldn't divulge to the Commodore.

They encounter some odd and interesting people along the way, some who become a part of the story and some who just seem to "pass through," like the weeping man they meet a few times, or the young boy who wants to join them but isn't allowed.

The whole thing read like a Tarantino movie to me. "Wait, what is this? What is happening now?" It was an intriguing story, and I came to like Eli and Hermann very much, but I'm not sure I took a whole lot away from it. I was disturbed by some of the animal violence. (I admit that that bothers me more than the human violence.) I understand the reality of it, but that doesn't mean it isn't uncomfortable to read.

It reads easily, with some brilliant little nuggets of writing like when Eli says of his brother Charlie, "Our blood is the same, we just use it differently," or when Hermann describes the wife he married merely for food and a roof over his head as, "She had noncharm, or anti-charm. A bottomless well of antagonism and hostility."

I wouldn't NOT recommend this. It is just one that left me a little perplexed, but it was still an enjoyable read.
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on July 23, 2015
Excellent and unexpected!
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on July 23, 2015
Yes, I read this book for the cover :D You have to admit it's great.
Unfortunately the book itself was rather disappointing. It felt like a road trip with cowboys. I really hoped that their journey will have some kind of purpose, some clear target maybe? but no, it's just one adventure/meeting after another. It might be better as a set of short stories rather than a whole book.
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on July 21, 2015
Alternately violent and sweet, grim and funny, The Sisters Brothers is the story of narrator Eli Sisters and his brother, Charlie. Killers for hire, the Sisters brothers meet a variety of people on their "last job." They make and lose a fortune, but among other losses, return home changed men. The narrator's voice is wry and touching, creating a sympathetic character who, by all rights, deserves little sympathy.
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on July 20, 2015
Highly original and darkly comic tale of two hired killers in the old west. I found the first half of the book superior to the second half once its alchemist gold refining plot-line kicked into gear. This fantastical development seemed to be at odds with the more down to earth elements that made the earlier goings so interesting and grounded. Still, recommended, especially for those looking for something quirky and different from a western.
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on July 20, 2015
So much fun!
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on July 19, 2015
I typicaly read sci-fi or fantasy, but liked this western. The sister brothers have a deadly reputation for good reason, but now get inside Eli Sisters conscience and see how complicated this brotherly relationship is. Comparable to westerns like tombstone or true grit.
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on July 17, 2015
if you are a fan of western style movies this may tickle your funny bone. It's a mix of how are things going to wind up and why are they so dumb and let's leave everything to chance - mage me smile, made me shake my head in disbelief but the guys are acceptable characters and sadly relatable
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