Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Across 1000 miles of Oregon desert his assassins, the notorious Eli and Charlies Sisters, ride - fighting, shooting, and drinking their way to Sacramento. But their prey isn't an easy mark, the road is long and bloody, and somewhere along the path Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. The Sisters Brothers pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable ribald tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life-and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Patrick deWitt
Publisher: Granta Books
Imprint: Granta Books
ISBN 10: 1847083196
Publication Date: 05 January 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Alex writes: The Sisters Brothers is one of those impossible books that reaches for a huge breadth of emotion - from weary frontier humour to red-eyed rage to bleak pathos - and somehow pulls them all off. The narrator Eli is a phenomenal construct, a legendary gunslinger who still trails after his older, bully-boy brother Charlie and is ashamed of his pot belly and his rickety horse Boots. DeWitt manages to inject the novel with a genuine poignancy and complexity without padding it with the kind of windy passages on the human condition one expects to find in emotionally ambitious books like this. Eli carries his melancholy, poetic musings the way he carries his gunbelt- they complement the storyline rather than suffocating it. The plot itself veers into the absurd often and with giddy, come-with-me abandon, but never without breaking the story's rhythm. The best thing about this book, though, is that it's emphatically, unapologetically different - it draws on western tropes until the cows come home, but the end product is beyond refreshing. A deep, vastly moving tale that doesn't take itself too damn seriously, it's like nothing you've picked up before.
Patrick deWitt's first novel Ablutions was a huge critical success. Born in British Columbia, he has also lived in California, Washington, and Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and son.
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