Quick Book Review: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
July 7, 2012 27 Comments
A book about the American Wild West? Killers on their horses following the gold trail to California? You’ve got to be kidding!
Even so, I loved this book. The story takes place in 1851. It’s about two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, who are travelling from Oregon to California on a job. They work for The Commodore, their Oregon boss, who has instructed them to track down one Herman Kermit Warm, who needs to be killed. Why, they don’t know and it’s not important, either.
So they travel on horseback and have all kinds of adventures on the way. They don’t shrink back from killing people as necessary (or even when not) although Eli is not so keen on killing as Charlie. During the trip, Eli starts to wonder whether he really wants to continue working for The Commodore. He promises himself that this will be his last job.
Although I don’t like gratuitous killing, I was very entertained by this book. Eli was really quite a sweetie, a sensible guy. He suffered from being too fat and tried to work on it, which the people around him couldn’t understand. Eat less than you want? What?
Charlie was the leader of the two brother, but one with a big fault: he was too keen on liquor and could not always get out of bed the day after a drinking night. This, and other events, delayed their journey a lot.
It was fun how they (Eli especially) ended up using the newest inventions (like a toothbrush, or dental anaesthetics). They also used the most up-to-date method looking for gold, with good and bad results.
The way this book is written is so entertaining. Still if these things really happened to you, you would not be laughing!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of pages: 290
First published: 2011
I got this book: from the library, for my Reading Around the USA in 90 days challenge (Oregon and California)
Genre: historical fiction
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