The Sisters Brothers

by Patrick deWitt | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1847083188 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Fleebo on 9/26/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by Fleebo on Monday, September 26, 2011
Bought for the Australian Bookcrossing Man Booker Challenge 2011. I'm quite looking forward to reading this one. It will soon become a bookring, shared around among the other participants in the challenge.

LadyIndigo
jubby
tqd
miss-jo

Journal Entry 2 by Fleebo at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
From the Man Booker Prize website:
"Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling and violent experiences in the Darwinian landscape of Gold Rush America. Charlie makes money and kills anyone who stands in his way; Eli doubts his vocation and falls in love. And they bicker a lot.... Told in deWitt’s darkly comic and arresting style, The Sisters Brothers is the kind of western the Coen Brothers might write – stark, unsettling and with a keen eye for the perversity of human motivation."

Journal Entry 3 by Fleebo at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
What's this Western doing on the Man Booker shortlist? Exciting action and intriguing characters, (at least Eli is,) but the language is quite simple and direct (although vivid) compared to most big-L Literary novels. That makes sense, since the narrator is one of the tougher Old West types even if he is having a bit of an existential crisis, but it's not something that I expected Booker judges to appreciate. Halfway through, I like. I expect it to have a tragic ending though... assassin is not a profession you can just walk away from.

Journal Entry 4 by Fleebo at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Very, very entertaining. As one review I saw said: "The Blues Brothers meets Deadwood." The second part of the book, after they track down their victim, was exceedingly odd and not at all the way I imagined the story would go. Having read most of the Booker shortlist titles from the last six years, I can confidently say that there has been nothing else remotely like this. It's a complete mystery to me why this book is on the shortlist and I have absolutely no expectation that it could possibly win - but that is by no means a criticism!

Journal Entry 5 by miss-jo at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, December 18, 2011
I'm with Fleebo - this is a pretty unusual Booker book. I'm still not entirely sure what to make of it. I really enjoyed the forst part, but I certainly didn't find it unputdownable. The second half was mostly less interesting to me, maybe because I'd grown used to the style of story-telling and so the surprises and the random non sequiters were less engrossing.

I'll pm tqd, see if she has time for some Christmas reading. (eta tqd's read it, so I'm trying jubby)

Journal Entry 6 by jubby at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Friday, December 30, 2011
Received in the post last week. Thank you for posting this book onto me MissJo.

Journal Entry 7 by goodthinkingmax at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Monday, January 9, 2012
Look what Jubby gave me this morning over a yummy breakfast. Looks like I'm playing Booker again. Will purchase a book for the cause this week.

Reading has been sporadic but I have a free afternoon and am going to take this to the park and hopefully there'll be lots of reading and not too much gazing at the sky, ibises or other random park sights.

Journal Entry 8 by wingFlightwing at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Picked up at the December 2013 Sydney MeetUp.

The Sydney CBD BookCrossing MeetUp happens on the second Tuesday of the month from 7pm (or a bit earlier) to 9pm (or whenever the conversation winds down). All readers welcome! Location for the last couple of years has been at the Crown Hotel, 162 Elizabeth St, in the upstairs Library Bar.

(...and I think Niel released it. He never journals buty he does read!)

Journal Entry 9 by wingFlightwing at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Well, I read it because Neil told me to...and probably because it was on The Man Booker short list. This was not a book I would choose for myself, so I appreciated exposure to this very different style and voice, even if I probably wouldn't read another book by Patrick deWitt. Coen Brothers definitely comes to mind.

Journal Entry 10 by wingFlightwing at Crown Hotel, Elizabeth St in Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Released 10 yrs ago (4/8/2014 UTC) at Crown Hotel, Elizabeth St in Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia

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Released at the April 2014 Sydney BookCrossingMeetUp, at the Crown Hotel, 162 Elizabeth St, in the upstairs Library Bar.

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Journal Entry 11 by Littlemave at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Picked up at book drinks. Neil pushed it in my direction, however I shall re-direct it to Melbourne to see if it can travel afar!
PS hello everyone!

Released 10 yrs ago (4/12/2014 UTC) at 2014 Melbourne Convention in -- Controlled Release, Victoria Australia

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