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Patrick deWitt

Autor(a) de The Sisters Brothers

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About the Author

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Obras de Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers (2011) 4,289 cópias
French Exit (2018) 849 cópias
Undermajordomo Minor (2015) 829 cópias
The Librarianist (2023) 642 cópias
Ablutions (2009) 383 cópias
The Bastard (2016) 10 cópias

Associated Works

The Sisters Brothers [2018 film] (2019) — Original book — 39 cópias
Electric Literature No. 3 (2010) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Electric Literature No. 4 (2010) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt em Booker Prize (Setembro 2013)


Another book from the big awards lists; I begin to think such books are mostly distinguished by being unusual rather than being enjoyable. The supposed hilarity escaped me, the characters were unappealing, and the plot was stupid. 1-1/2 stars.
Abcdarian | outras 314 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
Delightful treat, funny, propulsive, entertaining, story of a solitary librarian, his too-brief marriage, his tidy years into retirement and volunteer efforts in an old folks home. My first from Patrick deWitt, but there'll be others. He has an easy amusing authorial tone, writes well, and presents a cavalcade of unique characters who cross in and out of Bob Comet's life.
"And I suppose you're a fiend for books?"
"I suppose I am."
"I keep meaning to get to books but life distracts me."
"See, for me it's just the opposite."

During a hospital stay, Bob decides:
"After decades of rejecting the television medium he experienced a period of not just watching TV, but watching with enthusiastic interest. All his life he had believed the real world was the world of books; it was here that mankind's finest inclinations were represented. And this must have been true at some point in history, but now he understood the species had devolved and that this shrill, base, banal potpourri of humanity's worst and weakest and laziest desires and behaviors was the document of the time. It was about volume and visual overload and it pinned Bob to his bed like a cat before a strobe light. "

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featherbooks | outras 39 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
While this is a bit morose/depressing, I really enjoyed the writing and the characters--probably because the main character, Francis, was an exaggerated version of my Mom. (And I loved the colorful narration by Lorna Raver.)
TraSea | outras 43 resenhas | May 6, 2024 |
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book as I hated his book The sister brothers.
This is a story of several very well developed characters who are quiet, shy, outgoing, weird, eccentric, friendly, aggressive, autocratic or alcoholoc.
These characters revolve around Bob Comet, a retired public librarian who is alone and happy in his little house where he was born near Portland, Oregon. One day he escorts a lost, confused geriatric patient back to her residence. He encounters the manager and decides that he would like to volunteer. This decision allows him to engage with several residents and they become friends.
Bob recounts his lonely childhood and his decision to run away from home at 11 where he encounters several more odd characters. Much hilarity happens with June and Ida on the train, Mr More at the hotel.
The theme of the story: it’s ok to be alone and happy and one never knows where you might find friendship, companionship, accept and embrace eccentricity.
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1 vote
MaggieFlo | outras 39 resenhas | May 3, 2024 |



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Philippe Aronson Traduction, Translator
Emmanuelle Aronson Traduction, Translator
Dan Stiles Cover artist
Simon Prebble Narrator
Sophie Voillot Translator
Halimah Marcus Introduction


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