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I Wanderers

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  892 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The Wanderers, a teen-age gang in the Bronx of the early Sixties, are just trying to stay alive--and maybe have a little sex. But it's not going to be easy. They're facing murderous parents, unimpressed girls, and all-Chinese gang and a pack of mute Irish maniacs, apathetic teachers, and a ten-year-old cold-blooded killer. Will The Wanderers be alive a week from now? Will ...more
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mark monday
surprisingly dark and perverse. this is NOT the movie, and is far more akin to Last Exit to Brooklyn. there are many laugh-out-loud moments but they are a distinct minority when compared to the number of disturbing parts. the chapter with the devil-child luring a 'best friend' to his doom is wonderfully chilling. one negative: there is something very off-putting about price's insistence on what i suppose could be considered realistic characterization, and he seems to wallow in squalid situations ...more
Laurie
This is Richard Price's first book and a tour de force. Price was my creative writing teacher at SUNY Binghamton, and I remember when he sold this book and was throwing pennies around in the parking lot to make a show of his new-found fame. I also remember many gorgeous blondes hanging on his arm at the pub shortly thereafter. Great writer. I just have to hope he eventually put the same amount of effort into developing a better storyline for his soul.
F.R.
This slice of teenage gang life in 1960’s New York is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Basically comprising a series of vignettes detailing the character’s existences as they make the journey from rowdy adolescents into adulthood, it’s undoubtedly a brutal read, but one told with lashings of wit and good feeling. Yes, a lot of the behaviour on display is reprehensible, but Price (a writer I’ve never read before, although I have seen his episodes of ‘The Wire’) does a fantastic job of ...more
Bucky McMahon
Oddly enough, this coming of age novel set in the Bronx of the early 60s is pretty true to my own experience in the suburbs of North Florida. Boys will be boys--alas--and the miasmal, hormonal, hard-on-centric atmosphere must be nearly universal. If you can get past what one reviewer calls its "vulgarity," the novel has many things to recommend it (not least its epigraph from Van Morrison: "I will search my very soul, for the lion"). Fans of Richard Price--and he deserves an army of 'em--will se ...more
Bryce Wilson
I was so impressed with Richard Price's latest book that I decided to go check out the first. Results where decidedly mixed.

It's definitely the work of a first time author for all the good (Energy! Daring Technique!) and bad (Large Hunks of Horseshit That Go Absolutely Nowhere!) that implies.

The Wanderers tells the story of a youth gang in New York in the early sixties. Basically a more downbeat version of The Outsiders where the characters have major racial hangups. Alot of the problem is wit
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Frederick
Aug 16, 2007 Frederick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like their fifties nostalgia accurate.
Shelves: novels, price-richard
When I was in 9th grade or so, my big brother, who was two years older than I, bought this. I think it was a paperback original. Either way, his edition was a paperback and had a NATIONAL LAMPOON-style illustration on the cover. (The LAMPOON then had paintings of almost photographic realism. This cover was that sort of painting, showing a character in denim on an urban street.) My brother (who'd seen AMERICAN GRAFITTI five times in the theatre) loved it. He lived like the characters in the book. ...more
Alex
hmmm... i dont really know what to say about this book, it is hands down theeee most vulgar and what most will say disgusting! it was a very entertaining book about a young teenage gang growing up in the bronx. these kids deal with everything from trying to get laid to miget fights to getting a girl pregnat and a mother dieing. they go through these hardships together and i would say that they are true friends. they stick by eachother no matter what! i would have to say my favorite part was the ...more
William Thomas
i am rereading this book right now. i think i can honestly say that this is in the top 5 of my favorite books. a book so beautiful in its simplicity and in its story that i want to cry on every page and soak it down with my tears because it reminds me of growing up and it reminds me of what it was like being a kid with half a brain in a place where people wanted you to fight like dogs on a daily basis. where most people would rather see you die than make it anywhere west of harlem avenue. i thin ...more
Caroline
I'd raise a bottle of Tango to Richard Price for The Wanderers and take a swig, if I knew what Tango was. Maybe I'll look into it ...
Benjamin
everything is so fucked up and i hate you and i hate me but most of all i hate richard price, he's a douche bag.
Patrick Connolly
Nov 21, 2009 Patrick Connolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an affinity for raw passion

The Wanderers is a fine piece of literature. Richard Price is a writer obsessed with the truth, daring the phony-ass, academics to read this honest, passionate portrayal of the life he knows and weep just like his characters.
Every Section is beautiful in its own way - The Roof had nothing to do with the rest of the story and its better that way. The Ducky Boys came and went without any payoff. The Chinese Wongs came and went so quickly, that, in the hands of a bogus hack writing from research
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Evan
After reading Price's writeup in "The Rough Guide to Cult Fiction," I had high hopes for this. The guide said Price had grown up in a Bronx housing project and wrote his first novel about the street gangs he hung out with. (I neglected to consider that project housing in New York City is somewhat more working-class than it is in most cities - even more so in the '70s than now - and that it doesn't always imply the kind of desperate, hopeless poverty that it does elsewhere.) Now, it could very we ...more
Fernando Leal
It starts as an unpretentious tale of a group of people in the sixties in New York. It becomes a notable piece of writing, a reference of a life style. Growing from a simple plot, ordinary context and normal people, this book turns into a sensible and meaningful experience. A bunch of sixteen year old kids wondering around Brooklyn in the 60´s, raising mayhem, growing up, standing up, getting beat down.
The painting of characters and their relations shows very clearly their raw defensive systems
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Vee
Jun 16, 2011 Vee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Donald Goines, David Simon and urban street tales
Shelves: crime, fiction, street-lit
Not only does this book contains many insensitive racial epithets, Price makes sure you know the correct spelling of the very over-used, dreaded "N" word. Ok, this book is not for the squeamish. It's filled with homophobia, sexism, equal-opportunity racism, enough violence to keep the 18-25 demographic happy but yet this book is entertaining. This book is New York, well one aspect of the Big Apple.

The true gem that shines throughout this short read are the relationships. Father and son, mother
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Sandi
The author's debut book published back in 1974. A group of guys come of age in the early 1960s in the Bronx. The dialogue was quite authentic (graphically sexist and racist) and the characters realistic. Parts of the book were humorous but mostly it was dark, violent, and bleak.
David Altemeier
The simplistic (maybe even sophomoric?) style belies a depth that becomes more apparent as you get further into the book.Sad and violent, but at turns genuinely funny (and a bit pre-verted), this almost seems more like a series of vignettes than a novel. Though it does have a narrative through thread.

Though the racist language is off-putting, I'm inclined to think that this look at inner city (from back when that first became a thing) pre-gun gang life is all too accurate. And does an excellent
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Terry
Lots to like in this spare slice of life. Price's skills with dialogue are formidable, and he captures both the brutality and the pathos of his characters with what can only be called artistry. But as I rode through this book, I realized Price didn't quite get all his horses pulling in the same direction. The characters are hard to distinguish. Chapter four, "The Roof", is exquisite, but it isn't tied to the rest of the book. And so on.

Less skilled readers will probably struggle with the non-ta
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Bridget
This book was phenomenal in that it was basically The Warriors but better than the original novel of the Warriors.
Loosely connected chapters about a New York gang -- Eugene was my favorite of the gang, especially on page 138.
La Stamberga dei Lettori
I Wanderers non sono una semplice street gang. Sono qualcosa di più - o di meno, a seconda dei punti di vista -, sono un gruppo di amici e di adolescenti che vivono in una parte del Bronx e frequentano la stessa High School, la Tully. Hanno il loro inno, la canzone che parla appunto dei Wanderers, la loro squadra dilettantistica di football e vivono insieme le insicurezze e il momento epico del passaggio dall'infanzia all'età adulta, in uno scenario complesso, multietnico e stratificato, com'è l ...more
Sunil
I picked up Richard Price because supposedly no one writes dialogue in English language novels as he does. I couldn't agree more. He has a fine ear for street language without being gratuitous about it. 'Wanderers', his first novel, is thin on story, but big on story-telling (much like a Tarantino flick). It is hard to summarize what are essentially the travails of a bunch of friends - all high-school age - growing up in Bronx. Read it for the pleasure of Price's use of language and his maniacal ...more
Jim Vuksic
The misguided, but often well-intentioned antics of the Wanderers, a teenage gang hanging out in the Bronx, New York of the early 1960's was especially meaningful to me because I too was a teenager during this period and grew up in a rough section of Pittsburgh's North Side known as Manchester; where a culture similar to that depicted in "The Wanderers" thrived.

The author skillfully portrays this tiny part of the world as seen through the eyes of the gang members in a serious, sensitive manner;
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Michael
Not for the faint hearted. If you love the movie,you'll like the book. Surprised by the amount of spelling errors.
Erich
A collection of short stories of 60's thug life.
Noah
A series of vignettes about a white gang in the Bronx in the 60s, the book just crackles with energy: teenage violence, teenage sexuality, teenage pride. It's not realistic in any sense -- it's Tarantino-esque at moments, with a gang of hundreds of midgets at the center of one story -- but many of the relationships are. The emotional arc of the book is about kids who are tough, but still kids, being forced to grow up and take one of a limited number of paths into adulthood, and is very moving.
Patrick Whitehead
This book is good for people who like gangs, sex, and alcohol. The book takes place in the Bronx during the 1960's. There are a lot of main characters in the book. They are all in a gang called the Wanderers. Most of them are around the age of 16 or 17.

Do not read this book if you are easily offended. It's vulgar and profound. If you liked the Outsiders, then you might like this. Although, be prepared to go to church and confess your sins.
Ricky
i've been meaning to read one Price's books for awhile , and after Ryan's recommendation i am thoroughly impressed with his work. his gritty detail and development of emotions for each of the characters is amazing. the story follows the day-to-day and coming of age for a teen street gang in the 1950s Bronx. looking back on it, the full development of each of the main characters from start to finish is unrivaled.
Kye Alfred Hillig
The Dialogue in this book is what I loved about it. Really gritty and unloving. It illustrates a lot of the folly of youth and what it's like to be someone raised in the city trying to be the big man. A very fun book that was easy to read. Not a book for the puritan but few books I read would be. If you want a real rough and tumble, get your face bloody kind of book then this is for you.
Amanda
In his first novel, published in 1972, Price constructs a web of stories revolving around the the eponymous Wanderers, a teenage gang in the Bronx of the early 1960s. A good book and a quick read -- recommendable -- but it mostly just made me want to read more Price. The dialogue is fantastic and the writing sharp; it's not hard to tell it's a first novel, which is, again, not a bad thing at all.
Scott Holtzman
Great seminal work by Price. In a lot of cases, better than some of his follow up work. I was suprised, but this read kept me glued in from line 1 to the end. Very, very real dialogue, and very honest storylines and very real circumstances. You can see he hasn't mastered his craft on his first novel, but he has an innate sense of story-telling that made this read a remarkable one.
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A self-described "middle class Jewish kid," Price grew up in a housing project in the northeast Bronx. Today, he lives in New York City with his family.

Price graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967 and obtained a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from C
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