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JANUARY 3, 2012
The Sisters Brothers ~ Patrick Dewitt
comments cy CarolK
Howdy pardner, pick up this book and ride! Kidding aside, The Sisters Brothers deserve all the praise it has been receiving. The Sisters Brothers is billed as paying homage to the classic western. I’m not much of a western buff, so I wouldn’t know much about that, but it is a tale set in the old west, so I suppose that’s correct. I just know I liked it. I liked it a lot. I particularly liked the characters, not only the brothers of the title, but the bit players. I liked the story, lyrical in some ways, and yet gritty enough for those looking for a shoot em’ up read. It’s funny, even poignant at times. There’s even a love story for us romantics. I like that DeWitt tells the story using the younger Sisters brother, Eli as the narrator. Eli is the less violent of the two and I think this makes for a more interesting viewpoint.
Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired killers and work for a man named The Commodore. Their mission this time out is to find and kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. Now isn't that a great name? Eli's not even certain why but if his brother Charlie is in, then he’s right there with him. Loyal to the end. They set out from Oregon City to find Warm who is prospecting in Sacramento. Suffice it to say they have many adventures on the way.
And did I say I really liked the cover. IMHO it is one of the best of 2011!