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The Wanderers Paperback – 18 Jun 1998


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Reprint edition (18 Jun 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0747541426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747541424
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,418,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland and Samaritan. He won a 2007 Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire.

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‘A deeply moving account of confused and spiritually underprivileged youth’ -- William Borroughs

‘I haven’t read a better fictional account of the dark side of the American Dream in years’ -- John Fowles

‘Price gives us all the raw details of the street’ -- Time Out

‘Richard Price is the finest writer about contemporary urban America on the planet’ -- Daily Mail --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Price spent four years with dealers and cops on the streets of urban America researching the raw material for Clockers. His first novel, The Wanderers, was a literary sensation when it was published in 1974. Price has become one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters. Clockers was made into a film directed by Spike Lee and starring Harvey Keitel and John Turturro. Richard Price's most recent novel is Samaritan. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on 5 May 2008
Format: Paperback
The Wanderers by Richard Price was a first novel written in 1974 and draws on his teenage years around the Bronx street gangs of the early 60's. It became a successful movie in 1979, which like the book went on to be a cult classic. Richard Price went on to write many other street crime stories such as Clockers and many successful screenplays as in The Colour of Money..

The story follows the last months of members of a teenage street gang called The Wanderers. These are an all-Italian gang comprising of 27 members. They wear bright yellow/brown jackets and blue jeans. Their leader, Richie, is dating Despie Galasso, the daughter of an infamous mobster, so The Wanderers have connections We also get involved with the fights and alliance of the other local gangs such as

* The Fordham Baldies: As their name suggests, they are all bald, reportedly to prevent their hair from getting in their eyes during a fight.

* The Del Bombers: The toughest all-black gang in the Bronx.

* Ducky Boys: An all-Irish gang , all short- 5'6" and under and the most vicious

* The Wongs: An Chinese gang, all with the last name of "Wong" and highly skilled in Jiu-Jitsu

But it's more then being in a gang as we explore their relationships, schools, neighbourhoods and often dysfunctional families. Its not a book for the politically correct or maiden aunts, you get unfiltered real street language and behaviour and no moral judgements by the author. The bad aren't punished and the good rewarded, its left messy as in real life. The story whilst a novel is structured like a series of inter connected short stories so characters pop in and out of the set events as we move through the lives of the gang members. I should add apart from the high energy dialogue many of the scenes are funny,( ask me about the lasso, stone and what was tied to the rope when thrown over a bridge!) sad and even chilling. Well worth reading
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct 2003
Format: Paperback
The wanderers is set around the lives and loves of a gang of teenagers from the Bronx. It follows them through gang brawls, trying to score with girls and growing up in an underprivaliged environment.
For anyone wishing to recall their teenage years this book is a must. It deals with lifelong friendships and the pain of growing up and apart. It is both funny and deeply moving at the same time and you feel every tough break and every achievement that the boys experience.
I urge you to buy this deeply underrated book, you will not regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec 1999
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This was a book I could not put down. It tells the story of a group of boys growing up in New York together, it is funny, sad, moving. It is wrote in a style that reminds me of the dialogue in a typical Scorcese film. Quite simply this book is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. CUSACK on 11 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book expecting a gang story along the lines of the film The Warriors, what I found was something far more rewarding. The book follows the lives of a group of Italian American teenagers growing up in the south Bronx in the early sixties.

The prose and dialogue are very evocative of the time and place, but the book also covers the universal themes of a coming of age story such as love, first sexual experiences and the search for identity.
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