The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers

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. Eli's deadpan narration is at times strangely funny (as when he disc...


Details The Sisters Brothers

TitleThe Sisters Brothers
Author
Release DateApr 26th, 2011
PublisherEcco
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Westerns, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Canada
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Reviews The Sisters Brothers

  • PirateSteve
    2018-03-04
    Saddle up and ride along with Charlie and Eli Sisters down a trail of dark comedy.The horses are accustomed to gun fire but all your laughing out loud may spook'um a bit. From what I've heard the production of this movie has finished and it should hit the theaters some time this year, 2018. Staring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Rutger Hauer and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Jason
    2012-01-25
    This book has the coolest cover ever. What’s great, though, is that the coolness doesn’t end there.Charlie and Eli sisters are Gold Rush–era contract killers. They’re hired for what Eli hopes to be their last job, as he’d much prefer to hang his holster and settle down with a nice girl—or failing that, the first trollop that crosses his path. It makes no difference to him, really (dude is such a sweetheart). Charlie, on the other hand...
  • Anmiryam
    2011-10-17
    I wanted to love this book. It jumped off of my pile of shortlisted Booker Prize nominees and demanded to be read first. Everything about it shouted "Yes, it's literature, but IT's FUN." The premise is that of a classic picaresque novel -- Charlie and Eli Sisters, two professional assassins in 1850 are sent by their employer to hunt down and kill Herman Kermit Warm who may, or may not, have stolen something. In the course of their journey from Or...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2013-04-11
    The Sisters Brothersو Patrick deWittThe Sisters Brothers (2011) is a historical novel by Canadian-born author Patrick deWitt. The Sisters brothers are hired by the Commodore to travel from Oregon City to San Francisco to murder prospector Hermann Warm, who is described to them as a "thief". However, when they ultimately encounter Warm, who has developed a chemical formula that reveals the location of gold hidden in riverbeds, they decide to join...
  • Gypsy
    2016-11-24
    اووووف پسرررر این دیگه چی بود! :Dبرادران سیسترز جدا از تکنیکهای ناب نویسندهش در دیالوگنویسی، شخصیتپردازی، پایانبندی و چارچوبِ کلی داستان، یه طنز سیاهِ قلقلکدهنده و در عین حال، یه جاهایی تلخ و گزنده داشت که بیاندازه آدمو به فکر فرو میبرد. غیر از خودِ...
  • Debra
    2018-03-14
    This was a strange, quirky and oddly captivating book that I simply could not put down.Eli and Charlie Sisters are not only brothers, but they are assassins put to the task of killing Hermann Kermit Warm. It seems that Mr. Warm, who by all accounts is a likable fellow, has stolen something from the Commodore, the fearsome and loathsome employer of the Sisters brothers.The year is 1851 ant the two brothers make their way through Oregon and Califor...
  • Dan Schwent
    2014-08-06
    When the Commodore orders the Sisters brothers to kill Herman Kermit Warm and take his mysterious formula, they have no idea the series of misadventures they will endure in the undertaking.I've been interested in this book forever and nabbed it on the cheap when it popped up on one of my ebook newsletter things. It may have been that my expectations were too high but this didn't live up to the hype for me.I liked the characters of Eli and Charlie...
  • Elyse
    2013-12-17
    My original review may still be missing...but this but this book is a $1.99 Kindle special today. It's TERRIFIC.... If this historical FUN fiction... about two brothers has been on readers TBR list -- this is a great price.I remember saying in my "lost review". It was the best 'dude' book I had read. And ... yep... still holds. Great 'dude' book that any female will adore. I was 'liking' a new friends review on this book --and notice my review wa...
  • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
    2012-09-12
    What the....really not sure what I just read. Yippie-yi-yo-kaye?Like the *cover it's edgy, aptly tagged as 'cowboy noir'. Avoid it if you’re looking for a traditional western, no white hats, no riding happily off into the sunset. Same thing if you look for nice characters to bond with. A couple of hired guns Eli and brother Charlie Sisters aren’t particularly likeable unless you have a soft spot for psychopaths, Eli’s border-line and brothe...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Cranky Crone of Rabid Hedgehogs and Fire Breathing Kittens ⚔
    2016-01-05
    $1.99 on Amazon Kindle: December 21, 2017I've floated this before when it was on sale, but it's really good and deserves a shout-out! :)1 DEC 2016: $1.99 on Kindle. This was really good, I thought! I recommend! Review also found at : https://theparanormalpaladin.wordpres...The setting for this book is during the time of the Gold Rush in California. Most people are dirt poor and lots of them headed west to try and make their fortune, but ended up ...
  • Joe Valdez
    2017-08-03
    I was sitting in my car outside the Mission Viejo Public Library waiting for my friend Townes to come out with some books. I had told him I was in a western frame of mind and to pick me up something published rather recently. Like what, Townes had said. Like, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, published in 2011, I had said. I did not go inside with Townes because there was a cute South African librarian working there and I wasn't happy about...
  • Arah-Lynda
    2013-07-23
    I am so not the target audience for this story.I mean it’s a western.Right?Still the cover art kept pulling at meIt’s the 1850’s, gold rush, CaliforniaAnd the Sisters Brothers are two killers for hire,on the trail; on a job.And I thoroughly enjoyed it, from the get go.Charlie Sisters has the lead here, but it is Eli that will take you there.And tell you all about his horse, poor Tub, and the women he meets along the way.How he feels; what h...
  • Richard Derus
    2012-05-29
    This ho-hum review of a ho-hum book got tricked up a bit and stuffed in a corner at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.Oh, and if for some odd reason you have an opinion about my moving reviews off Goodreads, do feel free to keep it to yourself. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
  • da AL
    2018-05-22
    This rating is purely for the audiobook publisher, which I would've given negative stars if I could have. I didn't finish this book -- how can an audiobook publisher sell in good conscience an audiobook with only one track to a cd?!
  • Paul Bryant
    2018-06-22
    The Sisters Brothers is the son of True Grit, a funny, heartbreaking 5 star novel from 1968. Same genre – unconsciously-hilarious wild west memoir written in curious stiff slightly formal and stilted but purely beautiful language beginning at the beginning and driving the surprising narrative always forward without stopping to apologise to all the dead people and animals encountered en route. At this point you may say that this thing has also b...
  • EisNinE
    2013-04-17
    A-yep. The Western is dead. Yeah, I'm happy too, because I love stories about the bloody history of the not-so-new world. As much as I love the great Western classics, their time is up. The Western has carried a lot of negative shit in its saddle-bags, shit that needs to be buried with it. The Western began as Historical Fiction, obviously, but it's popularity soon made it a genre all it's own, one especially overloaded with clichés and predicta...
  • Amanda
    2011-05-19
    I like reading about bad people in fiction. And, lest we jump to conclusions, it's not because I'm a bad person myself (at least not in the torture or kill people kind of way; no, the sins in which I dabble are much more pedestrian than that), but it's because I like peering into those dark little corners of their brains. And, what is often the most frightening and fascinating is when I find that, really, they're much more like me than I care to ...
  • Steven Godin
    2015-06-23
    Brimming with the spark of old westerns, Patrick DeWitt goes all out to stamp his mark on the wild-west, which resulted in a cracking read that was a hell of a lot of fun. Even though I am still scratching my head as to why I liked it so much. Because in places, it's pretty stupid. Take away the brutal realistic nature of Blood Meridian, add some Coen brothers dark humour, and an oddball bunch of characters, and we have The Sister's Brother's.It ...
  • Narges Aliyari
    2015-06-19
    میخوام به یه چیزی اعتراف کنم ، من یه عادتهایی توی کتابخونی دارم که بعضی وقتا به نظرم خیلی مسخره است ، مثلا اگه موقع خوندن یه کتاب از داستان خوشم نیاد واسه اینکه از خیر خوندنش نگذرم و نیمه کاره رهاش نکنم و روحیه ام رو واسه ادامه ببرم بالا اون وسطا یه کل...
  • Megan Baxter
    2013-04-26
    I love the cover of this book. Simply love it. And I'd hoped that I'd be as excited by the words inside the pages. Unfortunately, not so much. It wasn't bad, it just never quite grabbed me, never convinced me of the genius that existed between the covers that had it nominated for so many awards.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision h...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    2011-10-18
    De Witt's offering for the Man Booker 2011 nominations. I've now read nearly all the nominations and am convinced he should have won. This book was placed against Snowdrops, Jamrach's Menagerie, Half Blood Blues, The Sense of an Endingand Pigeon English. The prize went to Barnes for his "not the Turning of the Screw" The Sense of an Ending. It's very difficult to directly compare and contrast such a widely varied set of novels and then pick the b...
  • Melki
    2011-06-17
    Masterful storytelling highlights this deceptively simple tale of the Sisters brothers, two lowly paid assassins on their way to commit murder and collect their wages. While Eli yearns for a different life and serves as the conscience of the duo, Charlie is the trigger finger. He is violent, remorseless and prone to destructive habits. I've read very few westerns. This one puts me in mind of Pete Dexter's "Deadwood." Gritty and realistic - you ca...
  • Andrew Smith
    2018-06-07
    Set, initially, in Oregon in the early 1850’s, we are introduced to Eli Sisters and his brother Charlie. Initially we are given little information regarding this pair, but we soon glean that they are prone to violent acts and have been dispatched to California to hunt down, and kill, a man named Hermann Kermit Warn, at the behest of someone referred to as the Commodore. It seems that killing people is what they do.On their travels they meet up ...
  • RandomAnthony
    2011-05-06
    Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers reads like a novel written by a guy under Faulker and Cormac McCarthy's influence but who dispenses, wisely, with 95% of the deep meaning and sticks with a solid, cinematic storyline instead. That's a good decision. Trust me.The Sisters Brothers proceeds as if the book should have a whistle-heavy soundtrack for the inevitable film, with the lead roles played by up and coming actors of whom we haven't yet hear...
  • ·Karen·
    2011-12-30
    A novel that is as whip-snap sharp and original as the artwork on the cover. Well, I say original, but who am I to judge, as I don't read Westerns and have never read any of the stuff that Mr de Witt is being compared to. I've not read Charles Portis (maybe I should?), although I did sit through the recent Coen Brothers film of True Grit, desperately trying to make out what on earth Jeff Bridges was mumbling about, and not succeeding most of the ...
  • Lea
    2011-05-14
    This is a deceptively simple book. The writing is simple, the chapters are short, on the surface of it the story itself is quite simple. But there are ideas here that run much deeper than what you see on the surface. Charlie and Eli Sisters are killers, so famous that simply stating their names makes people shake with fear. Charlie is brash and ruthless. Eli, who narrates their tale, is introspective and soft hearted. He's been drawn into this li...
  • Adina
    2016-09-27
    Not your classic western novel. Great name, wonderful cover, lovely content, amazing storytelling. Shortlisted for the Booker prize 2011.I was watching a western comedy with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson when I thought that I should read a proper western novel at some point. When I was little, I used to enjoy Karl May but that was the last time I immersed myself into this genre. That evening, I started to browse the only western I owned ( if I don'...
  • Lyn
    2017-08-15
    Coen Brothers film alert!Coen Brothers film alert!Or Wes Anderson. Or Quintin Tarantino.Actually I see on IMDB that the film will come out in 2018, directed by Jacques Audiard. Jake Gyllenhaal will portray Warm (great casting), Joaquin Phoenix as Charlie and John C. Reilly as Eli (GREAT casting!)So what’s all the fuss about? Patrick deWitt’s 2011 novel pays playful homage to the literary western in this delicious dark comedy.Infamous western ...
  • Annet
    2011-05-03
    Great read, I love it...
  • Matthias
    2016-01-28
    I'm an only child. It's true. I'm not bragging, even though the likes of me have inspired policy makers in China to decide there need to be more of the likes of me and less of those brothers and sisters types, and who am I to disagree with Chinese policy makers? No, but seriously, just trying to show it's not all bad, growing up without brothers or sisters. However, I'm not going to go into detail on all the benefits of being an only child, that ...