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Warriors Paperback – 17 Apr 1986

4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Star; New edition edition (17 April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352304456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352304452
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,125,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sol Yurick writes with savage power and Chaucerian detail. His sentences are short, punchy, telling." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sol Yurick was born in New York, and lived in the city for the rest of his life. He worked as an investigator for the city s department of welfare. He was a lifelong social activist and published three novels. He died in 2013. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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If, like me, you're interested in this book because of the superb Walter Hill film, don't expect to read about Swan, Ajax et al. Never before have the words 'based on', as in the film blurb, been so applicable. Yurick's novel(lette) is set a good 15 years before the film therefore the language, costumes etc bear no resemblance to those you will have seen. Even the title has a different meaning, 'Warriors' being a generic term for any gang member as opposed to the name of the lead gang (known as the 'Dominators' on the printed page). All the 'Dominators' are sub-sixteen year-old black kids, something Walter Hill wanted to reflect in his interpretation but was forced into creating a multi-racial gang by studio execs. The story follows the same basic plot as the film, one gang trying to get from a big meet in the Bronx to their homes in Coney Island but the details bear little resemblance. To read it does enhance the film and the book is great entertainment in it's own right. Without getting into serious lit crit, the book is a dark commentary on the nature of urban teenagers and deserves a place in the cannon of cult literature. Enjoy it!
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I read the book first. And it was an almost believable look at what it might be like growing up in an NY gang. I didn't like most of the 'heroes', but I did cry for them! I will always remember the line "big rep makes for big heart" as a life changing observation, the idea that we become what people believe us to be, ("Big rep" = tough reputation, "Big heart" = bravery) is truly scary. The Warriors are a bunch of kids in one of the meanest cities in the world, at time when many thought New York really was "hell bound". And remembering that Sol Yurick is/was (is he still alive?) a 'serious' author, he took a 'serious' veiw of his characters lives.
"The Warriors" is fiction of the same genre as "Catcher in the Rye". And for my money more credible and more fun.
The film on the other hand.....is one of the best kick-ass, fight movies that has ever been made. Fight scenes are brilliant, great chases, high suspense, noble, smart goodies versus sick, evil badies, a really, really fun film. Comparisons with the book? DON'T MAKE THEM! If you want to see the events of the story as an adventure, don't read the book. If you're looking at them as social comment, don't watch the film. If you've got an open mind, do both. But please don't ignore them, the Warriors (both gangs) deserve better.
WOULD'VE GIVEN 5 STARS, BUT YOU GOTTA GIVE WILL SHAK. SOME ROOM!
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I have read this book quite recently and was very surprised. I had seen the movie years ago and for some reason expected the movie to have followed the book very closely, its actually a lot different. The Warriors (the Coney Island Dominators in the book) are a gang who have to head home after a meeting from a gang leader involving all the gangs in the network goes horribly wrong. We follow the group, some of it is actually pretty intense and shocking, especially the part with Lunkface, Bimbo and Hector and a nurse in the park. The book is a lot more brutal and darker than the movie and I was pretty gripped by it. I didnt get into the story immediatly but after the gang meeting I found myself hooked.

The book is very well written, there are a few funny moments and plenty of intense moments as well. Its true you shouldnt really LIKE the gang because of of the things they do in the story but for some reason you are on their side. There's a part where they tease Lunkface (the biggest member, similar to Ajax in the movie) with a piece of candy which was quite amusing. The way the characters interact is very believable.

The Warriors isnt very long but its an epic read and worth that read. I wouldnt be surprised if this book inspired many other books after it about gang insignia and warfare. I got an old beat-up copy with a grey cover and will keep it and read it again and again in future.
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The book is alot different from the film, not in the sense that the film completely changed the storyline, the storyline is the same, but the book is alot more graphic in the words they use and in their actions, having both read the book and seen the film, I would definitely recommend both, doesn't matter in which order either, because character names are changed so the fate of one of the guys in the book may be different in the film.
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I watched this film when i was a kid, my dad told me to watch it and from then i fell in love with it, brilliant film! Then not so long ago i decided i would read the book expecting it to be relatively the same thing as the film but i was wrong. The book is completely different, i mean yeah the plot line is basically the same but everything else about it is different, raw, realistic! I loved the fact there were no holes barred, anything goes.
I really found myself having an interest in the characters more so than i did when watching the film. The book goes into greater detail on the lives, personalities and experiences of these young kids growing up in new york where its every gang for themselves.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has seen the film, even those that havnt as its a great read and a real page turner.
Top notch!
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