In addition to having a delightful plot, The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt, being a historical novel, has delightful references to the era in question: the gold rush of the mid-nineteenth century. And being a specific kind of historical novel—a Western—it contains all the traditional elements of that genre. If you enjoy reading about gunfights and duels, forlorn towns in...
The Sisters Brothers is about two notorious killers known as the Sisters brothers. When the story begins, the two have already taken numerous previous jobs as hired assassins, and they have just taken on a new job. There’s plenty of bloodshed, big talk, and general mayhem throughout Patrick deWitt’s engrossing novel. That’s why it’s so hysterical to learn that the...
There was some kind of trouble with the horses. I knew this because part one of the novel is called “Trouble with the Horses.” Indeed, by the time I had finished reading the first two pages, I had learned quite a lot—considering the limited number of words there—about certain troubles involving certain horses. And then, to underscore what I had...
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