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The basis for the cult-classic film The Warriors chronicles one New York City gang's nocturnal journey through the seedy, dangerous subways and city streets of the s. Every gang in the city meets on a sweltering July 4 night in a Bronx park for a peace rally. Sol Yurick (Author. Teenage violence runs wild through the streets, exploding with firecrackers and patriotic celebration. In the Bronx, the police move in to break up a citywide convention of gang leaders. Whistles, shots, pounding nightsticks, and suddenly, six members of "the Family"--The Coney. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Sol Yurick writes with savage power and Chaucerian detail. His sentences are short, punchy, telling." About the Author. The basis for.
My interest in this novel stems from my adoration of director Walter Hill's movie version of The Warriors , which has long been a cult classic. That was more powerful. As per instructions, none of them carries weapons, except for a handgun — a peace-offering to Ismael. Unfortunately, the novel itself seemed overly-written. Different to the movie, grittier and reads like a form of social commentary as well as entertainment.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Nov 05, Joe rated it it was ok Recommends it for: 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. 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. View 2 comments.
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 s gangland. The result is more powerful 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.
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. The Warriors movie is loosely based on this book.
For those who watched the movie, there are several notable differences: Other gangs don't dress in the outrageous theme costumes. The characters are not as likable What is the sa The Warriors movie is loosely based on this book.
The characters are not as likable What is the same: The journey home through enemy territory Trouble with the police It's a good read and for those who enjoyed the movie the differences in the book, there are enough differences so the reader will not anticipate the storyline. Jul 28, Mark rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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 Amazon, I discovered that it was back in print as of The reprint includes a 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: The book's concept, format, and subject matter are all great.
Furthermore, 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 operates more like a work of social criticism. It explores the notions of family, ritualized violence, and manhood in far more depth 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 somewhat more idealized 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.
One chapter in the book did affect me deeply, though. It's in the center of the book titled "July 5th, 1: 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's more adventure-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 perhaps more harm than good in overselling his work, it's still a thought-provoking novel on par with The Outsiders.
Jul 19, Jim C rated it really liked it. 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. 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. May 01, Hayden rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. 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 question Can you dig it?
View all 4 comments. Mar 08, Yair Ben-Zvi rated it liked it. 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 it 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 no more than 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 much more turgid 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. Jun 25, danny rated it really liked it. I just recently saw the movie and became obsessed with it, so the next logical step was to read the book. It took me a few days to find it though, and in the meantime I read a lot of things about it, which might have been a mistake but whatever.
Aparently it was a lot more violent than the movie, and a lot of people found it less satisfying because of this. Views on it are pretty polarized. Either people love it and put it up there with or even above Lord of the Flies, or they just don't get i I just recently saw the movie and became obsessed with it, so the next logical step was to read the book. Either people love it and put it up there with or even above Lord of the Flies, or they just don't get it and are turned off by how different it is from the film.
The edition I found has a new introduction by the author that talks about how it came to be written and his reaction to the film when it was made. He didn't like the film.
He thought they made to many changes and that it only coincidentally resembled his novel. Things like making the gang mixed instead of all black, not using the slang that he worked so hard to portray accurately apparently he sat in a rented van for weeks observing urban gangs talk and interact and he thought the acting was generally poor.
I can see where he's going with these things. The changes that were made to the movie were pretty necessary. I don't really think it would have worked or had the same appeal if it was done exactly like the book. If for no other reason that it was written in the mid 60's and the movie made in the late 70's, times had changed a lot. This sense of anachronism was something that I had to keep in mind as I read it.
At first it was hard to get a hang of the narrative, but I got used to it. I think it helped a little that I was prepared by the author and other reviews. I had a better idea of what was meant to be important while I read it. The plot points were more or less the same as the film.
The only major difference is that in the book the gang is not directly blamed for the death that happens in the beginning.
In the movie this is used as the driving force behind the numerous antagonists. But in the book it felt as though the entire city was already against them. The looming feeling of danger was all around them and it didn't need to have a coherant motive or reason to oppress them. I thought this was more subtle, but a lot more effective once I noticed it.
Since the danger is mostly intangible, and formed from their own perception of the world, it's much harder for them to overcome it. Instead of fighting other gangs to get home, they have to wrestle with one another and themselves to try and figure out what home is.
I had been warned about the violence, and it was there. But there was something strange about it. It was almost as if the violent acts were commited by the gang as a whole, and not the sum of it's parts. These were the things that the gang did to survive or keep face. But when each of them is taken away from that entity, they do not share the burden or guilt of it's actions. I will admit that they do some pretty terrible things, but in the end I did not hate them for it.
They acted like a gang, not like a bunch of young boys. There's even a clear distinction of this in the text. The act of wearing or concealing the gang emblem had a real effect on the characters. A lot can be read into that, but I won't go into it here. The end of the book was another thing that a lot of people took issue with.
Some reviews I read said that it wasn't nearly as satisfying as the movie, that it just kind of stopped. I disagree with this completely.
In the movie they reach their home and look back on it with a new kind of respect, and also the understanding that it is not the whole world. It's hinted that they will give up this life and leave. Maybe even grow up and become part of that bigger world. In the book it doesn't just end. There's is something similar to that restlessness and need for change, but as with so many other things in the book, it's a lot more subtle.
I originally read this book to fuel my obsession with the movie. I wanted more of those characters and that city. Instead of getting just more though, reading the book was almost a whole different experience, and just as rewarding. In the end I thought it was very good. I greatly apreciate it's differences from the fim. In his introction to the book the author says that even though the movie is a cult classic and helped define a generation, no one really knows that it was based on a book.
This amuses him because without the book there would have been no movie. I'm glad that I tracked it down and am part of that smaller minority. View 1 comment. Feb 25, Ronnie Justice rated it did not like it. 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: 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. 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. View all 3 comments. Nov 23, Evan rated it liked it Shelves: So this makes three sensationalistic novels I've read this year about black New Yorkers that were written by white authors.
And all three were good: Miller's book shares a close affinity to Yurick's, both being about black street gangs in NYC in the 50s or 60s, and it's not surprising that Miller gives a glowing testimonial to this book, printed on the back cover.
My interest in this novel stems from my adoration o So this makes three sensationalistic novels I've read this year about black New Yorkers that were written by white authors. My interest in this novel stems from my adoration of director Walter Hill's movie version of The Warriors , which has long been a cult classic. In recent years Hill issued a new "director's cut" of the movie that rather lumpenly added comic-book-style freeze-frame segues that stop the action cold, and which have been justifiably criticized by fans and critics who found nothing wrong with the film in the first place.
I'm not sure what prompted this tampering, but maybe it can be traced partly to a comic-book element that runs through the novel. The Warriors , the novel and the movie, are based on the ancient Greek story, The Anabasis by Xenophon, in which a Greek army trapped deep behind enemy lines must fight its way back to home soil.
Throughout the novel, a gang member named Junior reads a comic-book version of the Anabasis , a not-too-subtle "Greek chorus" of sorts parallelling the novel's modern story.
In the novel, The Warriors , a gang called the Coney Island Dominators, also known as The Family because their unit is structured like a family and substitutes for their own dysfunctional ones, find themselves similarly deeply stranded deep in the Bronx before struggling to make their way across the city over the course of an entire night. Like thousands of other gang members from across the city, the Dominators have trekked to this far-off turf to partake in an ill-fated peace conference of sorts called by the leader of one of the leading gangs, the Delancey Thrones.
After much struggle by the various gangs to get to this summit location without tipping off the city's authorities--no mean feat--the conference falls apart nearly from the get-go; violence erupts and the police storm this all-too-brief gangland utopia.
The Dominators barely get away by the skin of their teeth, all except their leader, Papa Arnold, who is caught in the melee and presumed by his charges to either have been severely beaten, killed or arrested. The rest of the gang, now under the firm but less-than-competent leadership of Hector, face nearly every obstacle that gotham can put in their way on their trying journey home, not the least being the dodgy train system.
At one point, the gang is forced to split up and attempt to re-form in Times Square, but the ragtag bands face a diverse set of challenges and some don't make it back. I haven't seen the movie in a long time, but I can make some comparisons between the book and film, which, as is usually the case, are quite different animals. The journey to the gang summit and a backstory about Ismael and his Thrones gang prior to the summit's convening take a good amount of time in the novel and are absent from the film, which starts essentially at the meeting.
In the book, the meeting is done on the quiet and in the dark, so as not to tip off authorities, with Ismael's speech of solidarity whispered from ear to ear in the crowd. In the movie, Ismael--like most of the book's characters--goes by an entirely different name and gives his big speech loudly over a mic in a well-lighted clearing.
Yurick's approach seems more credible. In the novel, Yurick spends much time on mundane aspects of the city and gang culture during the journey back, and there are very few actual encounters with rival gangs. The film, by contrast, is mainly a series of showdowns with rival gangs, which befits a more action-oriented cinematic treatment.
Although I admire Yurick's delineations, I have to admit, perhaps guiltily, that I enjoy Hill's series of action set-pieces more, and think they probably are truer to the spirit of the Anabasis which I have not read, to date. Yurick's book is a lot more transgressive than Hill's popular movie.
There are two brutal rapes, a grisly and senseless killing of a pedestrian, and the language starting at about halfway in begins to be as raw as that in a Hubert Selby novel. At its best, this novel is prime-time Grove Press material. At its worst, it seems a quaint time capsule. Character names like "Lunkhead" confine it to its time; and at times it feels like a preppie JD Salinger book. To Yurick's credit, he does not include a street gang of mimes , as Hill does in his film version.
I have to admit that, at first, I found the novel slightly confusing and did not assume that the Dominators were a black gang; that fact is not very well stated initially. As a result I began to think in terms of the rather unrealistic multi-racial gang in the film version--a politically correct demographic configuration that Yurick rightly states would not have existed in NYC street gangs--at least not back then.
I had to revise my mind's-eye image of what the members of the street gang looked like, and on top of that had little to work with, since Yurick never really provides the reader detailed physical descriptions and facial characteristics of the individual gang members. The gang's journey toward home soil, from just before midnight to 6 am the next morning, takes on surreal aspects akin to Arthur Schnitzler's Dream Story , as the spectral denizens of New York City's night world loom all around.
It was this atmosphere that I liked most about this novel of The Warriors , as well as the reportage aspects of broken family life, which must have seemed shocking to middle-American readers at the time. There are still effectively transgressive shocks in the book. Although I was rooting for it, the book never quite attained the stature necessary to make my Evan's Alternative shelf, alongside Warren Miller's The Cool World. But any decent novel about contemporary urban street gangs is always going to be more relevant and interesting to me than the tea-time tedium of a 19th-century story of British matchmakers.
View all 10 comments. May 26, Chuck LoPresti rated it it was amazing. I imagine nobody reads this without having seen the movie first so I think it's fair to review the book in comparison with the film. Another prelude to my review is an admission that I absolutely love the film. John was the Warriors. I have little interest in gang culture or overtly violent themes otherwise but I've always appreciated intensity in creative expression and I imagine nobody reads this without having seen the movie first so I think it's fair to review the book in comparison with the film.
I have little interest in gang culture or overtly violent themes otherwise but I've always appreciated intensity in creative expression and maybe it's the last vestiges of my immaturity speaking when I say that I'm a sucker for good coming-of-age stories. Yurick's Warriors really doesn't have a whole bunch in common with the movie adaptation apart from: Hector lures her to a secluded spot where they try to have sex with her and she accepts them willingly.
When Bimbo starts rifling through her purse, she reacts angrily. When Lunkface, frustrated, hits her to keep her still, the woman retaliates with unexpected strength and starts screaming "Rape! The trio, unable to overpower her, flee but are promptly caught by police coming to the woman's aid. Hinton, inside the subway tunnel, takes time for reflection. Feeling like an outsider and resenting the gang, he unleashes his contempt by writing on the wall, putting the gang down.
Feeling guilty, he rubs out his insults and replaces them with the gang's "tag" he has been doing this throughout the novel. Hinton arrives at Times Square station, the designated meeting place. While waiting for the gang he enters a public bathroom unknown to him re-purposed as a sort of brothel and is forced into sex with a teenage prostitute, shakes off a homosexual and a young junkie offering sexual favors for money, travels back and forth on the shuttle to Grand Central and, overcome with an inexplicable hunger, eats incessantly.
When he comes to an arcade, he plays a shootout game with a dummy sheriff, winning twice, reflecting his resentment of authority.
Before he knows it, he has achieved everything he usually does with the gang, and wonders why he needs them. Dewey and Junior meet up with Hinton and the trio head off to complete their journey home. Although Dewey outranks Hinton, Hinton takes over the role of leader as he has an unexpected knack for the job. A pair of jocks, returning home from their senior prom with their dates, eye the trio as if challenging them, but Hinton doesn't back down, feeling a sense of moral victory as he does, and the jocks depart.
Hinton, Dewey and Junior finally arrive in Coney Island just before daybreak. After a brief moment of celebration, Hinton, all riled up with anger and the sense of victory, impulsively calls out a rumble against the Lords, the rival gang to the Dominators. Rushing to the Lords' regular hangout, Hinton calls them out.
They don't respond and Hinton celebrates this victory by drawing a huge mural on the hangout wall, insulting the Lords and celebrating the Dominators. The trio then venture back to the local candy store where the Dominators' debs have been waiting.
Learning from the girls that Papa Arnold had made it back hours earlier, Hinton regretfully tells the girlfriends of Hector, Lunkface and Bimbo that they didn't make it back and Dewey and Junior walk off with their girlfriends.
Hinton, not having a girlfriend, goes home. There his mother, Minnie, is in the midst of sex with her boyfriend, Norbert. Hinton tends to the baby who was being neglected, then has a futile talk with his junkie older half-brother Alonso about life in general and the future. Hinton then crawls out onto the fire escape and falls asleep with his thumb in his mouth.
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