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I just recently finished reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt:
I’d heard good things about it, and when I saw it hanging out on the staff recommendations shelf at the library, I decided to give it a shot. The book tells the story of the Sisters Brothers, two notorious guns-for-hire in the gold rush era, as they set out on their latest assignment. From the point of view of Eli, the brother who struggles with his chosen profession, you get a glimpse into their lives and just how tragically hilarious it can be for a hit man in the old west. Especially when you’re overweight, desperate for a woman to love you, travel on a one-eyed horse and constantly have to deal with your perpetually drunk brother.
I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between the brothers, and much of the book revolves around their contentious and comical relationship. But while the book was full of wit and powerful imagery, something in the story still felt lacking by the time I got to the last page. It was as if the story didn’t feel like it had been fully told. I guess the book just left me wanting more, which isn’t necessary a bad thing. So, I’d still recommend the book for deWitt’s unique literary voice and the entertainment of the story of the Sisters Brothers. Their story is worth a read even if the ending left me wishing for more of the story.
Have you read any good books lately?
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