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Mansoor I first heard about the novel "The Sisters Brothers" on a radio show on CBC. There was an interview with the author Patrick deWitt who happens to be Canadian. The story line interested me so when I saw it as one of the books on the list I could not help myself from choosing it. The book has had great reviews and was shortlisted for the Man booker prize.

The book is set in the American west during the gold rush. The book is about two brothers who work as henchmen, they are ordered to kill a person by their employer known only as the commodore. Although both the brothers do the killing the brother known as Eli doesn't share his brother's fondness of killing. Eli begins to question his occupation and why he does it. This book seems to have a interesting story line so I think I will enjoy it.


message 2: by Mansoor (new)

Mansoor 10% of the book completed

Quote: "Every heart has a tone, just as every bell has one. Your heart's tone is most oppressive to hear, young man. It is hurtful to my ears, and you eyes hurt my eyes to look at them."

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Darkness affects many
Light affects the few
Terror affects all.


message 3: by Mansoor (new)

Mansoor 20% of the book completed

Quote: "The creak of bed springs suffering under the weight of a restless man is as lonely a sound I know".

Picture: http://lucyfera.deviantart.com/art/lo...

Love does not know me
Only rage is ejected
Loneliness fills me


message 4: by Mansoor (last edited Nov 18, 2011 11:32AM) (new)

Mansoor 30% of the book completed

Quote: "Here was a man greedy for gold but not hearty enough to brave the wasps' nest that was California proper. He would find nothing, he would starve, he would rave and expire-- I could see his naked body picked over by blackbirds. 'One of these cold mornings'".

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Death comes to us all
It can be quick and painless
or slow and gruesome


message 5: by Mansoor (last edited Nov 18, 2011 11:51AM) (new)

Mansoor 40% of the book completed

Quote:"To me, luck was something you either earned or invented through strength of character. You had to come by it honestly; you could not trick or bluff your way into it".

Picture: http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=lucky&a...

Luck comes to the few,
who take time to create it
and not wait for it


message 6: by Mansoor (new)

Mansoor 50% of the book completed

Quote: "I was thinking that a man like myself, after suffering such a blow as you men have struck on this day, has two distinct paths he might travel in his life. He might walk out into the world with a wounded heart, intent on sharing his mad hatred with every person he passes; or, he might start out anew with an empty heart, and he should take care to fill it up with only proud things from then on, so as to nourish his desolate mind-set and cultivate something positive anew".

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Which way should I go
should it be the left or right
which one, heaven, hell?


message 7: by Mansoor (last edited Nov 26, 2011 11:57AM) (new)

Mansoor 60% of the book completed
Quote: "I felt two things at once: A gladness at this turn of fortune, but also an emptiness that I did not feel more glad; or rather, a fear that my gladness was forced or false, Perhaps a man is never meant to be truly happy. Perhaps there is no such a thing in our world, after all.

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Feelings I cant tell
Joy, sadness I cannot tell
Which one do I feel


message 8: by Mansoor (last edited Dec 04, 2011 11:27AM) (new)

Mansoor 70% of the book completed

Quote: "What a life it is for man's animals, what a trial of pain and endurance and senselessness".

Picture: http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/hor...

Loss of a close one
Marked by depression, woe, grief
Memories remain


message 9: by Mansoor (last edited Dec 04, 2011 11:27AM) (new)

Mansoor 80%of the book completed

Quote: "I have not felt this way since I lay with a woman for the very first time. And it was just the same type of divine excitability: I was tortured with giddiness in anticipation of that river coming of life."

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Fear of the unknown
or perverted excitement
Both are the same thing


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