“A masterful, hilarious picaresque that keeps company with the best of Charles Portis and Mark Twain . . . a relentlessly absorbing feat of novelistic art.” — Wells Tower
Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother’s penchant for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. On the road to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside San Francisco — and from the back of his long-suffering one-eyed horse — Eli struggles to make sense of his life without abandoning the job he’s sworn to do.
DeWitt spins a violent, lustful, hung-over and humorous odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier. Doffing his hat to the classic Western, he then transforms it into a comic tour-de-force with an unforgettable narrative voice that captures all the absurdity, melancholy, and grit of the West — and of these two brothers, bound to each other by blood and scars and love.
Film rights have been sold to actor John C. Reilly’s production company in a major deal, with Reilly to play one of the brothers. – Publishers Website
Are you up for one laugh out loud hilarious novel? If you are, this is your book. Have you seen those oldish spaghetti western movies, where they do the absolute silliest things? I started reading this skeptical at first, but as I read, well, the book got better and better to the point I was laughing out loud and shaking my head at the antics these two brothers get into. One, nearly is the angel in the posse because the other brother is the evil one, wanting to get the job done and collect his money. As the trip to assassinate someone goes on and the side trips they take, you nearly wonder as I did while reading it, would they even get to their destination to even carry it out ?
Well, I’m not going to tell you how it ends, because that would be just plain mean. So, if you’re a fan of the spaghetti westerns that sometimes still play on TV then this is the book for you.
It was recently listed for The Man Booker Prize. He is also Canadian.