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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Now i wasn’t sure what i was getting with this book as it was given to me as a birthday present. I have to say i thought it was some love story but i found out to my surprise that its actually a tale based during the 1850s Gold Rush about two brothers, Charlie and Eli Sisters. The brothers are two hired guns who are given the task to kill one Herman Kermit Warm but things don’t go as planned for the brothers.

The hard part of doing a book review sometimes is trying to say something about the book without actually giving anything away about the story (mainly because I enjoyed it so much and wouldn’t want to spoil it). Suffice it to say the infamy of the brothers is well deserved although they both go about things very differently. Charlie is quick and cruel whilst Eli has his back covered – and always has done. Their quest for Mr Warm finally brings them to the California coast where they need to work out exactly what to do when they come across the reason for their being sent after Mr Warm.

I really enjoyed the style of writing in this book and found it both descriptive and enjoyable to read. I’d be surprised if this wasn’t turned into a film as it has a very cinematic quality about it and, in the right hands, would work on the big screen very well. In fact, I may very well seek out more by Mr De Witt…


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