Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What I've Finished Reading: The Sisters Brothers

A summary of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt in one word? Brilliant.

It’s not often a novel hits the balance between such a unique voice and an amazing story. This western isn’t really anything new … if you’ve any experience with traditional western movies/books, then the characters and plot will not strike you as original. However, the way the story is told with such humor and honesty and gritty violence is fabulous.

Halfway through, what dawned on me as I read was that the two main characters are despicable, immoral killers and yet I liked them so much. They were funny and endearing … and then would suddenly explode in abject violence. The mixture is near impossible to pull off well, but deWitt does it with style and skill.

This is one of the few books I’ve read this summer that I didn’t want to put down. The chapters are short and stark. The plot is straightforward and brutal. Yet, all together it forms such a wondrous world that I was sad to see end.

I really enjoyed this novel, both as a reader and an author. I simply wish I could write so well.

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