I love to read. Like really love to read. I would devour whole books in a day’s time during the summer growing up. I have trouble remembering some things about my childhood, but I can distinctly remember reading the Anne of Green Gables series while listening to REM Monster on my discman.
But on to the book I most recently read… I joined a book club recently and this was my first meeting. We did brunch, which is probably the best meal of the day. But, the book we read is called The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. I would not have chosen this book in a million years to read. It’s a western, though it’s a comedy as well. I think it being written as a comedy, really helped me get through the book.
I actually LIKED this book. It’s written in the perspective of one of the Sisters brothers, Eli. The brothers are contract killers for a man called the Commodore in Oregon City. Their current task is to go to California and find a man in San Francisco that the Commodore wants dead. Their journey does not go well. Charlie, the other Sisters brother, is a drunk who loves his brandy. He is also cruel to everyone around him, including his brother. Eli on the other hand is a dreamer. He wants nothing more than to quit the business he is currently in and become a merchant. And to marry a woman and bring her home to his mother. On the way to California the boys meet up with calamities including a witch, a mauled horse, a random kid who gets his head hit a lot, a red bear, and plenty of others that would do them harm.
The brothers eventually get to San Francisco and find that their contact, a dandy of a man, has run off with the guy they are supposed to kill. Eventually the brothers find out that the reason that the man, Warm, is to be killed is that he has a formula that illuminates gold, making mining that much easier. Here, nothing good comes from anything.
I won’t tell the ending of the book, only that I liked the end in that the dynamic of the brothers’ relationship was very much changed. Charlie wasn’t allowed to be his usual cruel self in the end. Eli gets to take charge and make his stand and get to go home to his mother’s.