The Sisters Brothers
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.
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
The Sisters Brothers (2011) is a historical novel by Canadian-born author Patrick deWitt.
In 1851, Eli and Charlie Sisters, a pair of assassins of minor repute, are hired by a wealthy businessman known only as "the Commodore" to travel from Oregon City to California in order to murder a gold rush prospector named Hermann Kermit Warm, who is described to them as a "thief". Hard-nosed, plainspoken Charlie, more impulsive and aggressive than his younger brother E ...more
Don’t watch the movie, read the book. Unfortunately, it did not have any of the atmosphere of deWitt’s novel. The appeal of the novel is in the voice of the narrator which could not be captured on the screen.
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 s ...more
The Sisters Brothers is an exceptional novel that is absorbing and delightfully original. While it’s a traditional Western with cowboys and gold-mining, it feels like a retelling with a modern atmosphere. The writing style is lyrical and the dialogue flows so effortlessly with its satirical interweaving of humour, brotherhood, loneliness, intrigue and murder.
The two Sisters brothers, Charlie and Eli are hitmen for the Commodore, who has contracted them to assassinate Hermann Kermit War ...more
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 California on the hunt for Mr. Warm. Along the way they w ...more
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 Sister, natural born killers in the old west. T ...more
but this but this book is a $1.99 Kindle special today.
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 was missing in action (Iris??)....a Standing joke fo ...more
I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. The dialogue was quic ...more
At this point you may say that this thing has also been done recently and won a big bad Booker for itsel ...more
Townes came back with four ...more
I mean it’s a western.
Still the cover art kept pulling at me
It’s the 1850’s, gold rush, California
And 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 he wants; how he sees things, love and some alarmingly, g ...more
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 brother Charlie full-blown. Hey, they had a tough childhood.
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.
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Darkly funny and heart wr ...more
But, BEWARE........"What a life it is for man's animals, what a trial of pain and endurance and senselessness."
The year is 1851. The gold rush is emerging hot and heavy, and Eli and Charlie Sisters have a job to do....as hired guns.
With a long ride ahead of them from Oregon City to California, the brothers hit the trail and encounter what seems to be never-ending bizarre setbacks and strange characters....many dangerous and life-threatening.
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 hitmen Charlie and Eli Sisters are on their latest ass ...more
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 predictability. It started selling myths as political propa ...more
It all begins with the image a horse on fire, so anim ...more
The Sisters Brothers, a tale of one man wanting to be better, a tale of the quirky realities of the Wild West and one that made me fall in love with this style of story-telling.
“…but I could not sleep without proper covering and spent the rest of the night rewriting lost arguments from my past, altering history so that I emerged victorious.”
I really must take my hat off to Patrick deWitt. His prose captiva ...more
I enjoyed it very much. The title, the cover, the whole ridiculous journey of the two misbegotten killers and colourful human menagerie they met on their way. The Sisters brothers are ruthless killers but, God help me, I don’t know how they even managed to not get killed in that world. The novel is absurd and grotesque, brutal and ugly. But it’s also funny, you can’t help it, just admit that. And all these apparently mismatched ingredients feel suprisingly refreshing. I watched plenty westerns a ...more
It's sometimes hard to t ...more
Take Pulp Fiction, for example, which may b ...more
Eli Sisters and his older brother Charley are a couple of killers working for the Commodore in 1850s Oregon. Their new assignment is to journey to San Francisco during the latest gold rush and kill a chemist named Hermann Warm. Along the way they kill some people and Eli learns how to brush his teeth.
I’d been meaning to read this one for years, and the trailer for the movie finally got me off my ass. Unfortunately, I found myself a shade disappointed i ...more
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