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  • Kindle Edition
  • 224 pages
  • The Warriors
  • Sol Yurick
  • English
  • 22 October 2019

10 thoughts on “The Warriors

  1. Joe Joe says:

    Having seen the bizzare 70 s film probably a dozen times as a teenager, I thought I d give the book a read Unfortunately, I found the foreword by the author the best part about the book The author sought to take a little known Greek story called the Anabasis, an epic about an army s long retreat through hostile lands, and recast the epic in a hellish, gang ruled New York The book traces the Dominators long flight from a violent gang summit downtown back to their turf in Coney Island Yuric Having seen the bizzare 70 s film probably a dozen times as a teenager, I thought I d give the book a read Unfortunately, I found the foreword by the author the best part about the book The author sought to take a little known Greek story called the Anabasis, an epic about an army s long retreat through hostile lands, and recast the epic in a hellish, gang ruled New York The book traces the Dominators long flight from a violent gang summit downtown back to their turf in Coney Island Yurick explains in interesting detail the process of writing The Warriors, the lengths he took to connect it to its Greek antecedent, the care he took with naming the characters, the lattice of symbolism, etc One punk stops to read a comic book version of the Anabasis every chance he gets which obviously parallels their own journey Unfortunately, the novel itself seemed overly written Though this was likely in line with the author s intent, the characters are inaccessible and somehow flat People expecting to read of gangsters in baseball regalia emerging from the Yankee dugout, as happens in the film , will be disappointed by this dark and brutal account of the gang s retreat back to Coney Island The film s surreal and weirdly fantastic vibe is the interpretation of the director, not the author The movie is awesome though


  2. Dee Arr Dee Arr says:

    If you are looking for a rehash of the 1979 cult film, you ve come to the wrong place Sol Yurick s novel has a few pieces of action plucked from the book s pages and inserted into the flick, but the majority of this book contains a grittier feel Mr Yurick s tale is a combination of history and an exploration into the depths of New York City gangs Anabasis or The March of the Ten Thousand is the recounting of an army trapped deep within enemy lines and forced to fight its way home to safety If you are looking for a rehash of the 1979 cult film, you ve come to the wrong place Sol Yurick s novel has a few pieces of action plucked from the book s pages and inserted into the flick, but the majority of this book contains a grittier feel Mr Yurick s tale is a combination of history and an exploration into the depths of New York City gangs Anabasis or The March of the Ten Thousand is the recounting of an army trapped deep within enemy lines and forced to fight its way home to safety The author uses the premise of this Greek history and inserts it into New York 1960s gangland The result ispowerful than I could have imagined.There is still plenty of action as well as the tense feeling experienced during the movie as we wonder if any of the Warriors will make it back to Coney Island The book s actual gang heroes are known as the Dominators, and the gang culture is a primary feature of this story Going to war, keeping and losing face, gang hierarchy, soldiering these are all here, all explained in detail through the interactions of the characters Explained in gang terms, even the brutality begins to make sense.The author tells the story through the eyes of an impassionate viewer who patiently explains the action and why the characters act as they do Details fly quickly, and the characters are well defined Even though I knew how the movie ended, there was no guarantee the book would follow the same path Excellent book, recommended to anyone looking for a combination of a quick moving plot and an engaging writing style Five stars


  3. Mark Mark says:

    Walter Hill s film adaptation of Sol Yurick s novel is one of my favorite movies of the 70s I realize it has its flaws but it had a huge impact on me as a kid and, together with Taxi Driver and The Out of Towners, pretty much defined this Indiana boy s terrifying conception of New York City, pre Giuliani.Anytime the credits of a movie informed me that the movie had been based on a book, I inevitably sought out that book assuming I liked the movie, that is But with The Warriors this was hard Walter Hill s film adaptation of Sol Yurick s novel is one of my favorite movies of the 70s I realize it has its flaws but it had a huge impact on me as a kid and, together with Taxi Driver and The Out of Towners, pretty much defined this Indiana boy s terrifying conception of New York City, pre Giuliani.Anytime the credits of a movie informed me that the movie had been based on a book, I inevitably sought out that book assuming I liked the movie, that is But with The Warriors this was hard to do because Yurick s novel was out of print when I first saw The Warriors in the late 80s More recently, through the miracle of , I discovered that it was back in print as of 2003 The reprint includes a 30 page preface by the author, in which he discusses the novel s literary precursors primarily The Anabasis, but also Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, Germinal, and a few other heavyweight tomes , his literary influences Joyce, Kafka, Proust, Camus , his first novel which wasn t published until after The Warriors , the political and social climate in which he wrote the book in the early 60s , and his mostly indifferent reaction to the cult movie that grew out of his novel Now, with a setup like that invoking some of the greatest names and works of world literature I was expecting a masterpiece of modern fiction What I got instead was a three star book not terrible, but not earth shatteringly amazing, either The book s concept, format, and subject matter are all great Further, I have no doubt that Yurick s first hand research working for the Department of Welfare in NYC allowed him to create a story that was painfully realistic for many of the kids living in the ghettos of the five boroughs in the 60s But his execution of all this rich material is a bit flat for my tastes.The primary difference between the movie and the novel besides the obvious is that the movie is positioned squarely in the action genre, whereas the book operateslike a work of social criticism It explores the notions of family, ritualized violence, and manhood in fardepth than the movie does It s also interesting to note that every last one of Yurick s antiheroes including the protagonist, Hinton are far uglier human beings than the somewhatidealized heroes in the film with the exception of that d bag Ajax, of course Whether this is a symptom of the kids socially and economically oppressive upbringings doesn t change the fact that they re all willing indeed downright gleeful murderers and rapists Sure, it s hard to believe that the film version Warriors again, excepting Ajax would be quite as honorable in real life as they are in the movie, but their honorableness nonetheless makes it much easier for audiences to root for them to make it back to Coney Island safe and sound not to mention to sympathize with them, for example, in that scene where the two happy prom couples board the subway train, eventually notice the Warriors in their disheveled state, and fall silent as their joy turns to fear repulsion then quietly flee the train at the very next station.One chapter in the book did affect me deeply, though It s in the center of the book titled July 5th, 1 30 2 30 A.M and lasts 22 pages, wherein the Dominators as they re called in the book find themselves in Borinquen Blazers territory and try to parley for their safe passage while one of the Blazers fiery female groupies does her level best to stir up some trouble between the two gangs This sordid sequence stands in stark contrast to its filmic counterpart, in which the Warriors try to negotiate their way through the Orphans territory The novel s sequence is about as brutally real as possible, whereas the film sadventure centric sequence is merely straight up thrilling It is this contrast that makes reading the book imminently worthwhile Even though, as I mentioned, Yurick s preface does perhapsharm than good in overselling his work, it s still a thought provoking novel on par withThe Outsiders


  4. Morgan Morgan says:

    Can you dig it No, no I can t.Seen the movie twice, don t remember much, but I found the movie better than the book This wasn t a bad book, it s actually well written, just didn t get my attention I stupidly went in thinking a movie and a book are similar I did like Yuricks introduction, it made me appreciate the behind the scenes better This book does have a purpose bringing awareness to gangs and gang violence What I didn t realize wa this is based on a Greek book and has some existentia Can you dig it No, no I can t.Seen the movie twice, don t remember much, but I found the movie better than the book This wasn t a bad book, it s actually well written, just didn t get my attention I stupidly went in thinking a movie and a book are similar I did like Yuricks introduction, it made me appreciate the behind the scenes better This book does have a purpose bringing awareness to gangs and gang violence What I didn t realize wa this is based on a Greek book and has some existential philosophy involved Yurick Majored in English with a minor in philosophy, so that makes sense, but the movie never showed that from what I remember If you liked the cult movie this is worth checking out, but it s not the same thing.Also read this at a perfect time because it takes place during July 4 5th


  5. Frank Frank says:

    A lot less mimes and a lotcrimesThere isn t much I can add that hasn t already been said about The Warriors The most important thing to note is that it doesn t have nearly anything in common with its namesake theatrical version That, in and of itself, makes it a tough read to enjoy if you, like many most, were exposed to the movie first But, if you take the ride, you will find the book muchdarker, grittier and disturbing than the movie version Two entirely different animals.It A lot less mimes and a lotcrimesThere isn t much I can add that hasn t already been said about The Warriors The most important thing to note is that it doesn t have nearly anything in common with its namesake theatrical version That, in and of itself, makes it a tough read to enjoy if you, like many most, were exposed to the movie first But, if you take the ride, you will find the book muchdarker, grittier and disturbing than the movie version Two entirely different animals.It was a hard for me to get in to the books, finding difficult to put aside my preconceived vision of what this story is But then, about a third of the way in, the story gets dark Real dark Unexpected action and I was sold No, it s not the movie but its a great book and a riveting story that is different from itspopular counterpart.The names are different there is no gang known as The Warriors, all gangs collectively are considered the warriors Some scenes are there the meeting, the cemetery, The Orphans but they don t play out anything like in the movie And the tone is drastically different and still the book stands out as a classic in a different way from the movie Don t read The Warriors as a fan of the movie, read The Warriors as a fan of gritty 60 s crime literature


  6. Jim C Jim C says:

    This is the book that inspired the cult movie In this book, a street gang has to travel thru enemy territory to reach the safety of home which is Coney Island This books tells of the trials and tribulations of that journey.This is one of the rare occurrences when the movie is better than the book That being said, this book is still an excellent read For the most part the movie and the book are similar with a few changes The book is so much darker The writer set out to represent the grittin This is the book that inspired the cult movie In this book, a street gang has to travel thru enemy territory to reach the safety of home which is Coney Island This books tells of the trials and tribulations of that journey.This is one of the rare occurrences when the movie is better than the book That being said, this book is still an excellent read For the most part the movie and the book are similar with a few changes The book is so much darker The writer set out to represent the grittiness of New York and he accomplishes this Also, the point of view is from the gang and the author uses gang lingo for his story telling It took a few pages to get use to this style but it really fits in with this story This is a dark story that shows that the characters are not heroes and doesn t glorify them like the movie There are several disturbing scenes to show the author s intent of these characters being in a gang because of poverty, unstable family life, and loss of hope I love the movie and as a kid I wanted to be in the Furies gang They do not exist in this book as those type of gang motifs are not present This book represents what gang life is like for the poverty stricken It is an interesting look at that lifestyle


  7. Hayden Hayden says:

    This was one of those cases where it doesn t hit me until I finish it The bulk of the book is probably worthy of a 3 star, the final act, pushed it up to a 4, but man Those last two pages, they hit me like a punch This is, in my opinion, a novel that defines a generation of youth, a group of kids who don t have a voice There is no Hollywood ending This is a real novel, and the ending really struck a chord with me I hate to be cliche, but to quote the movie, which is one of my all time fa This was one of those cases where it doesn t hit me until I finish it The bulk of the book is probably worthy of a 3 star, the final act, pushed it up to a 4, but man Those last two pages, they hit me like a punch This is, in my opinion, a novel that defines a generation of youth, a group of kids who don t have a voice There is no Hollywood ending This is a real novel, and the ending really struck a chord with me I hate to be cliche, but to quote the movie, which is one of my all time favorite films and introduced me to the novel, I have to ask you one questionCan you dig it 5 5


  8. David David says:

    Excellent story, great atmosphere.


  9. Yair Ben-Zvi Yair Ben-Zvi says:

    On a purely conceptual level I love this novel As a lifelong fan of Greek mythology from childhood and Greek history and philosophy from early twenties to this moment though my actual understanding of ittalk to me in a few years this story s conceit, that of a 1960 s African American and Hispanic street gang fighting their way to Coney Island over the course of a single night and all based loosely on Xenaphon s Anabasis is brilliant Sol Yurick captures the apparently pre Giuliani Ne On a purely conceptual level I love this novel As a lifelong fan of Greek mythology from childhood and Greek history and philosophy from early twenties to this moment though my actual understanding of ittalk to me in a few years this story s conceit, that of a 1960 s African American and Hispanic street gang fighting their way to Coney Island over the course of a single night and all based loosely on Xenaphon s Anabasis is brilliant Sol Yurick captures the apparently pre Giuliani New York in such a way that you can taste the grit and smell the waste accumulating and putrefying waste and corruption all under the aegis of the Greatest City on Earth The characters, while not exactly likable or easy to relate to, are certainly distinct enough to warrant some great dialogue and funny and dark encounters with both fellow gangs and other counterpart denizens of Brooklyn s post sunset underworld.And that is why the novel deserves three stars from me However, novels aren t just conceptual nothan science is just theory There has to be a tangible follow through and utilizing of theory into something, if not coherent, then at least structured And that, unfortunately, is where this novel falters just a bit Between the spots of good dialogue and thrilling fight scenes as well as dark entropy, this is not a book for the soft hearted or easily offended, racial epithets get thrown and HARD there are long stretches where Yurick s greenness as a writer Warriors was one of his first published novels really shows and the creaking of a fledgling reaching too hard and too far above his station for literary greatness But, really, better a writer or any artist for that matter try too hard then not hard enough looking at you Low Boy.Finally, Yurick s afterword wherein he lays bare everything I just said though, admittedly, in a muchturgid and at times confusedly worded way than I thought, is something worth discussing It s a great piece of writing that really resonated with this amateur writer s heart in terms of attempting to yoke together so many disparate influences together into a coherent and meritorious whole Unlike certain other writers I felt a connection with Yurick predicated on authorial desire and the inhering limitations in all of our abilities from the greats to the novices As an addendum I want to add that I saw the movie years ago, dug it for all of its cheesy glory and find Yurick s ambivalence to it some of the best comedy I ve read in years


  10. Ronnie Justice Ronnie Justice says:

    How the cult classic movie was derived from this book I will never know I loved the movie and picked up the book hoping to find something equally enjoyable Two murders, and a couple of gang rapes later, I find that Sol Yurick has illuminated the following points 1 Teenage kids make poor decisions 2 Being poor sucks 3 It is hard to get from one end of New York to the other by Subway That is about all I took from the book There is no suspense or drama really, just a lot of walking and tr How the cult classic movie was derived from this book I will never know I loved the movie and picked up the book hoping to find something equally enjoyable Two murders, and a couple of gang rapes later, I find that Sol Yurick has illuminated the following points 1 Teenage kids make poor decisions 2 Being poor sucks 3 It is hard to get from one end of New York to the other by Subway That is about all I took from the book There is no suspense or drama really, just a lot of walking and traveling There is some slang thrown around But in general I found this to be a waste of time, and had I anything else to read, I probably wouldn t have finished it


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The Warriors[Download] ➾ The Warriors By Sol Yurick – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk On the th of July, a sweltering summer s night, , New York gang members gather in the Bronx as Cyrus, leader of the city s most powerful gang, proposes that they form an invincible army When Cyrus is On the th of July, a sweltering summer s night New York gang members gather in the Bronx as Cyrus, leader of the city s most powerful gang, proposes that they form an invincible army When Cyrus is killed, the Coney Island Dominators aka The Family , are framed for his murder Alone in enemy territory, over the course of the night, they are hunted by the police.


About the Author: Sol Yurick

Sol Yurick was an American novelist He was born to a working class family of politically active Jewish immigrants At the age of , Yurick became disillusioned with politics after the Hitler Stalin pact He enlisted during World War II, where he trained as a surgical technician He studied at New York University after the war, majoring in literature After graduation, he took a job with the welfare department as a social investigator, a job he held until the early s, when he took up writing full time He was involved in Students for a Democratic Society and the anti war movement at this timeHis first novel, The Warriors, appeared in It combined a classical Greek story, Anabasis Xenophon , with a fictional account of gang wars in New York City It inspired the film of the same name His other works include Fertig , The Bag , Someone Just Like You i , An Island Death , Richard A , Behold Metatron, the Recording Angel , and Confession Yurick passed away of complications from lung cancer, at age .