The Sisters Brothers
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 cl...more
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, is the less sensitive one. It’d be tougher to convince him t...more
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Indeed, there is something Shakespearean about this book - in its primal motivations; its themes of guilt, blame and remorse; the thickness of family ties; the inevitable playing out of fate. A tragi-comic morality play - although I have to confess,...more
Just like what I did for last year's Booker shortlisted novels and the eventual winner. In fact, last year...more
The characters were enjoyable despite being mostly one-dimensional. The plot was entertaining and I honestly didn't really know wh...more
Two hired gun brothers sent from Oregon to San Francisco to carry out a killing, but of course things don't go as planned. McCarthy comparisons happening already, but the humour m...more
The Sisters Brothers are guns for hire contracted by their employer, The Commodore. The Commodore is vague in his explanations of why he wants certain people killed, and so it is with the brothers’ next job: to kill Hermann Kermit Warm.
Set at the height of the Gold Rush, The Sisters brothers take off from Oregon and make their trip to San Francisco in se...more
The Sisters Brothers are noted killers who work for the Commodore. Cross the Commodore, steal from the Commodore, wrong the Commodore or just get on the Commodore's wrong side and you'll probably see the Sisters Brothers or not if they see you fist and Charlie thinks you might be a bit much to take on from the front.
Charlie is the lead man, now. It s...more
This is not your daddy's western. If it weren't for the California gold rush setting and guns-for-hire subject matter, I wouldn't consider The Sisters Brothers a western at all. Take the same story and characters, update them into a present-day setting - or back to medieval China - and I think it would still work. That's because the brothers - especially, Eli - are so well written.
The Sisters brothers are Charles and Eli, two gunmen employed by the Commodore. The Commodore ha...more
I had read a bunch of novels/letters/narrative-within-novels and thought I had escaped that format before, but was just a tad disappointed when I found a diary in the narrative (not to mention two intermissions--?).
But these minor criticisms aside, this was a fantastic read. Perhaps not all readers will find these two professional killers the most likable murderers you're likely to meet? They live by their own moral code, and I guess are the good guy...more
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 heard. Eli and Charlie Sisters, feared killers for hir...more
I'm not sure how much is there if you go digging beneath the surface of this novel (which is to say: exactly why was it short-listed for the Man-Booker, and what might its selection tell us about the slow decline in shelf-cred of that award since the Man took it over?), but I'm not sure I care to pull it apart either. It will inevitably draw comparisons--McCarthy (an easy, slop...more
Not at all what I expected, but I'm so unmoved that I don't even feel cheated. That some reviewers are making favourable Cormac McCarthy & Deadwood comparisons is the only thing about this that raises my pulse.
The best part to me was the voice. The narrator--Eli Sisters, killer for hire--has a dispassionate, precise voice and I assume is meant to be somewhere on the autism spectrum. It reminded me a bit of the narrator of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. So he is a good chronicler and the details...more
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 life by his feelings of loyalty and protectiveness t...more
I totally loved this. It is the story of two gunslinger, contract killer brothers, told from the perspective of the younger one, who is used to doing as his brother tells him, and who dreams of a better life, not as a killer. While this sounds extremely violent (yes, lots of bodies pile up) and dark, in fact it is engaging and the narrator brother, Eli, sympathetic and engaging. The Sisters brothers encounter a series of characters, unusual types and voices who make the brothers seem like the c...more
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