淘金殺手 The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt

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This is a fictional western depicting the lives of two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters. They are hired guns to kill Hermann Warm, and the story tells the dark and funny occurrences during the trip and the inner struggle of Eli, who throughout the book tries to find himself (basically not killer material).
I have to say I’m a bit thrown after reading the book. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, just it wasn’t what I’d expected. For starters, the back cover of the book said “their prey isn’t an easy mark, and on the road…Eli begins to question what he does for a living…”. For this, I was expecting some surprising plot while tracking Warm down and which triggered Eli to question his purpose, but instead I felt Warm wasn’t that difficult of a mark, and actually his role in the book had very little impact on the ‘finding oneself journey’ of Eli (Eli showed his true personality right from the start of the book).
Having said this, I think it’s not a bad book. I enjoyed Eli’s humble personality and how he was the ‘odd one out’ because he isn’t greedy and knows when to be satisfied (kind of reminds us to look ahead in our own lives but also look back). I also enjoyed the funny Western-style story regarding the Gold Rush in California (intriguing even for me, not a Wild West fan) with some black humor, making it very hard to put the book down. However I felt the ending with the deaths of their colleagues a bit childish if not ‘too sci-fi’? But I’m probably the only one since I’ve seen way too many good reviews on the book.
So anyways, in one phrase: an easy read to kill time.

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