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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
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May 03, 12

bookshelves: literary-fiction, spring-2012
Recommended to Anne (Booklady) by: Aoibhínn
Read from May 01 to 02, 2012

3.75 Star Recommendation!

Short-listed for the Man-Booker Award, The Sisters Brothers is a good dark humorous book. Narrated by Eli Sisters, the story reminded me of Don Knots in the Apple Dumpling Gang. What could go wrong, does go wrong in the Sisters brothers last job for the mysterious Commodore. The two very stout brothers are to seek out a prospector in California and kill him. He has stolen from the great man. But Eli has his doubts about the Commodore, the job, and his future as a hired gun. Charlie Sisters loves his job and has blind devotion to the “great man” until he comes face to face with his quarry, Herman Kermit Warm.

Though set in the Gold Rush days of 1850, the novel does not read as a true Western. It could be set any where, in another time with different circumstances. Patrick deWitt keeps the reader laughing as the trail and the Sisters tribulations snake along. There are minor historic mistakes along the way, but these do not detract from Eli’s narration. What did detract from the story for me was the slightly flat ending of the novel, but this well written humorous novel is a definite 3.75 star recommendation.

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