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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Book Review: The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters BrothersThe Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book got my attention because it's the first Western to make it to the Booker Prize shortlist. As other reviewers have noted, it isn't your typical Western. Charlie and Eli Sisters are contract killers sent to hunt down a prospector during the Gold Rush and discover his mysterious Formula. They journey west, meeting all sorts of strange and colorful characters on the way as Eli questions his commitment to the job and his rocky relationship with his brother.

What's most gripping about this novel is its style. It is told almost as a folktale. Nobody is drawn to terribly much depth. They're archetypes and symbols more than fully formed people, yet they manage to jump off the page and seem vividly real. The plot kept my interest and hummed along nicely. It's a quick, not terribly profound read, but comes off to a quite satisfying conclusion. Well worth picking up.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds intriguing! Different. I'm not usually into Westerns but this one I would read. Thanks for the review!


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