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ISBN-13:
9780062041289
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/14/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
76,079
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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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.

 

Editorial Reviews

Wells Tower
“A masterful, hilarious picaresque that keeps company with the best of Charles Portis and Mark Twain, The Sisters Brothers is a relentlessly absorbing feat of novelistic art.”

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    The Sisters Brothers

    A Novel
    By Patrick DeWitt

    Ecco

    Copyright © 2011 Patrick DeWitt
    All right reserved.

    ISBN: 9780062041265


    Chapter One

    I was sitting outside the Commodore's mansion, waiting
    for my brother Charlie to come out with news of the job. It was
    threatening to snow and I was cold and for want of something
    to do I studied Charlie's new horse, Nimble. My new horse was
    called Tub. We did not believe in naming horses but they were
    given to us as partial payment for the last job with the names
    intact, so that was that. Our unnamed previous horses had been
    immolated, so it was not as though we did not need these new
    ones but I felt we should have been given money to purchase
    horses of our own choosing, horses without histories and habits
    and names they expected to be addressed by. I was very fond
    of my previous horse and lately had been experiencing visions
    while I slept of his death, his kicking, burning legs, his hot-
    popping eyeballs. He could cover sixty miles in a day like a gust
    of wind and I never laid a hand on him except to stroke him or
    clean him, and I tried not to think of him burning up in that
    barn but if the vision arrived uninvited how was I to guard
    against it? Tub was a healthy enough animal but would have
    been better suited to some other, less ambitious owner. He was
    portly and low-backed and could not travel more than fifty miles
    in a day. I was often forced to whip him, which some men do
    not mind doing and which in fact some enjoy doing, but which I
    did not like to do; and afterward he, Tub, believed me cruel and
    thought to himself, Sad life, sad life.
    I felt a weight of eyes on me and looked away from Nimble.
    Charlie was gazing down from the upper-story window, holding
    up five fingers. I did not respond and he distorted his face to
    make me smile; when I did not smile his expression fell slack
    and he moved backward, out of view. He had seen me watching
    his horse, I knew. The morning before I had suggested we
    sell Tub and go halves on a new horse and he had agreed this
    was fair but then later, over lunch, he had said we should put it
    off until the new job was completed, which did not make sense
    because the problem with Tub was that he would impede the
    job, so would it not be best to replace him prior to? Charlie had a
    slick of food grease in his mustache and he said, 'After the job is
    best, Eli.' He had no complaints with Nimble, who was as good
    or better than his previous horse, unnamed, but then he had had
    first pick of the two while I lay in bed recovering from a leg
    wound received on the job. I did not like Tub but my brother was
    satisfied with Nimble. This was the trouble with the horses.

    (Continues...)

     


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