The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

Book - 2011
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"A gorgeous, wise, riveting work of, among other things, cowboy noir...Honestly, I can't recall ever being this fond of a pair of psychopaths."
--David Wroblewski, New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

"A masterful, hilarious picaresque that keeps company with the best of Charles Portis and Mark Twain...a relentlessly absorbing feat of novelistic art."
--Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

"The Sisters Brothers is dark, dark, and funny, both ha ha and strange...and you'll love the characters you meet along the way."
--Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Patrick deWitt, a young writer whose "stop-you-in-your-tracks writing has snuck up on the world" (Los Angeles Times), brings us The Sisters Brothers, a darkly comic, outrageously inventive novel that offers readers a decidedly off-center view of the Wild, Wild West. Set against the back-drop of the great California Gold Rush, this odd and wonderful tour de force at once honors and reshapes the traditional western while chronicling the picaresque misadventures of two hired guns, the fabled Sisters brothers. The most original western since the Coen Brothers re-interpreted True Grit--you've never met anyone quite like The Sisters Brothers.

Publisher: New York : Ecco Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780062041265
Branch Call Number: FIC DeWi
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 09, 2019

Dull and simple - DNF

Mar 10, 2019

This novel is unlike any other western , keep that in mind when you read it. Imaginative and witty don't give up after the first chapter you will hit a gold mine if you keep reading. Plus there is a movie out that follows the story and captures the essence of what the author is expressing in his unusual characters. I highly recommend

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 29, 2018

A genre-bending western that was by turns hilarious, deeply disturbing, bewildering, and surprisingly poignant. I found I both enjoyed it and was relieved when it was over. The author deftly exercises and then skewers many classic western tropes so that by the end characters are less like stereotypes and more like traumatized human beings. Certainly not a book for everyone but a great fit for those who love darkly absurd, violent, literary fiction.

Dec 08, 2018

this was an excellent read.

Hillsboro_AnnieS Oct 23, 2018

If you like movies by the Cohen Brothers, then you'll like "The Sisters Brothers". I found myself laughing hysterically by the absurdity and morbidity of this story.

Sep 21, 2018

Hired guns of the Old West. The prose is well done, and the story is interesting but not compelling, because the characters, I think, are all off kilter or otherwise inconsistent. I suppose the narrator is darkly humorous, but his internal struggles aren’t that engaging. Still, it’s being made into a movie, so somebody saw something.

Sep 11, 2018

Movie based on this book showing on TIFF right now. Can't wait to see it.

Jan 16, 2018

Patrick DeWitt's "The Sisters Brothers" is not unlike the westerns by Cormac McCarthy. It's written well; its dark; and it is often humorous.

Vero_biblio Dec 22, 2017

Follow this dumb hitmen duo across the Far West, and you’re guaranteed to chuckle along the way.

Nov 06, 2017

Unusual juxtapositions grabbed my attention and kept me page-turning – properly correct language of a century and a half ago uttered without the bat of an eye in the midst of blood baths and gunned down bodies; grittily real warts-and-all characters, one of whom is a sensitive, introspective type who gains insight along his hired-gun way; humour and gentleness that comes at a reader-cringing moments of violence. de Witt develops his two main characters masterfully with copious dialogue (as if he were laying the groundwork for a screenplay), and the plentiful details of their journey make for high realism … never mind the historical facts. I was fully engaged.

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Jul 11, 2012

"They arrived unhungry and remained so."

Jun 12, 2012

“I thought, When a man is properly drunk it is as though he is an a room by himself--there is a physical, impenetrable separation between him and his fellows.”

Jun 12, 2012

“...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.”


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