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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living–and whom he does it for.

With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters–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.


The Sisters Brothers
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Eli and Charlie
June 14th, 2014
Deaths pile up; blood flows; and in the end not everything is beautiful and fair. :/ Eli, my heart was with you.
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February 17th, 2014
My favourite read of 2013. Great plot. Original, funny, gritty, and strangely endearing characters. Highly recommended.
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February 6th, 2014
This was wonderful. A great character driven story, with quick and witty dialogue. I was both repulsed and sympathetic to the characters at the same time....wanting their plots to be foiled, but also cheering on the inside when they managed to escape trouble.
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January 28th, 2014
This is one of the few books I regretted spending any money on. The plot can briefly be summed up as "ride, con, rob, kill and repeat". To be just, there also was the occasional drinking and tom catting, but that did not really improve anything. I would like to have someone explain to me how the book was ever rated highly in some papers. All in all it was depressing and 50 shades of black would be a more apt title. The one star is only shown because this system cannot show anything less.
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