Monday, January 28, 2013
The Sisters Brothers (Patrick DeWitt)
I loved this book. First it was the cover that intrigued me. I had picked it up at the library when it first came out but then after reading the summary I was put off. Gold Rush?? outlaws? eh, not my thing. BUT like other books that I think are not my thing it remained in my periphery until I scanned the first couple pages and got sucked it. Sucked into what?? I don't even know because honestly the book isn't about a whole heck of a lot. There's some killing but for me it was all about the narration. Eli Sister tells the story of him and his brother, Charlie as they are hired to kill a guy a named Warm. That's pretty much it. We know that Warm took money from the big boss guy, The Commodore but I guarantee anyone who's read this will agree we aren't rooting for the protagonist as if we follow thinking yeah that son of a bitch Warm needs to be done in because it's not about that at all. It's all about the inner thoughts of Eli and how interesting his character is and the bond between him and his brother who is the more heartless of the two. We learn a little about the goldrush but that might only serve as background really. Yeah, this books was awesome for me based purely on the way it was written; which is simple language, short chapters, dark humor and a entertaining narrator.