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Sol Yurick
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The Warriors

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  672 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
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 1960s. Every gang in the city meets on a sweltering July 4 night in a Bronx park for a peace rally. The crowd of miscreants turns violent after a prominent gang leader is killed and chaos prevails over the attem
Published by Grove/Atlantic (first published 1965)
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Nov 05, 2007 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
Yair Ben-Zvi
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 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 ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jun 25, 2008 danny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Yair Ben-Zvi
My previous review being unfortunately deleted let me give you the short version: conceptually, I love this novel. As a kid I luxuriated in hyperbolic mythology, Greek specifically (as my love for Greek myth compendiums and the Kevin Sorbo Hercules tv show can attest) and this novel's central conceit, a (then) modern retelling of Xenophon's Anabasis didn't so much speak as sing to me. However, novel's aren't just judged by the merits of their structure no more than a great classical piece of mus ...more
Ronnie Justice
Feb 25, 2014 Ronnie Justice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chuck LoPresti
Jan 20, 2016 Chuck LoPresti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. I recently traveled to NYC's COney Island and the only the only thing that made me stop thinking about Lloyd, Arbuckle and St. 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 ...more
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: this, Nigger Heaven by Carl Van Vechten, and The Cool World by Warren Miller. 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 1965 novel stems from my adoration o
Sep 15, 2010 Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
Dec 22, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure some will complain about the violence in this. Until I see violence stop in the real world, all who oppose violence in video games etc. can f**** off.
Essential reading for those obsessed with Walter Hill's dark, campy film of the same name. Follows the structure of Anabasis, by Xenophon, who chronicled a bunch of Greek mercenaries stranded in Persia who have to fight their way back to the Black Sea (in the movie, the Atlantic Ocean and Coney Island).

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, Yurick's conception differs drastically from what ended up on film and he hated it. His gangs were Puerto Rican and in the movie, multiracial. They had lots o
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Let me tell you guys about an amazing movie called THE WARRIORS. It is a 1970s cult classic about a gang from Coney Island called The Warriors. During a meeting of all the gangs in New York, being held in the Bronx, the leader of the most powerful gang, Cyrus, is killed by an assassins bullet. The Rogues did it, but one of the Warriors saw it happen, so the Rogues say that the Warriors did it. Now the Warriors are stranded so far away from Coney Is
Luis Q
Feb 28, 2011 Luis Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The genre of this book is a fiction novel mixed with adventure. It is a very interesting book that makes you want to keep on reading. I chose this book because I found the cover very legit because of the way the Coney Island Denominators looked. I kind of skimmed through it and saw that it was about gangs and street fights which caught my attention. This book is very twisted (in a good way) because it has a bit of everything. This is a story about a gang, the Coney Island Denominators trying to ...more
Patrick Di Justo
Jan 04, 2016 Patrick Di Justo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This probably reflects my own weirdness more than anything, but you know what I liked most about this book? Its impeccable geography.

The story concerns a Coney Island street gang, The Dominators (NOT The Warriors), called to a gang summit in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, along with every other gang in New York. Something goes wrong, and they have to fight their way back to the sea.

Others can rave about the alienation of the characters, the classical allusions, the social satire, and so forth.
This, unfortunately, isn't a case of the book being better than the movie. Of course I compared the two, having seen the movie first. For a book about a gang, it really was lacking in action, but what I did appreciate was the fact that a philosophy behind why the characters chose to be in a gang, the structure, and rituals of the gang, and so on, were included, as well as the social commentary. Those things added value to the book, but still weren't able to trump the campy goodness of painted-fa ...more
Shbooks Heslop
Dec 31, 2015 Shbooks Heslop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me this book had a great sense of authenticity about it. The New York of this book is bleak, sleazy and horrible and all of the characters, their actions and outlooks reflect this. As a reader of majority speculative fiction (Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy), and non-fiction, this book was a real reminder of how true to the mark fiction can punch, as there are numerous occasions when I strongly disagreed with what the characters were doing, and considered putting the book down. But the great trick o ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I've been meaning to read this novel for 35 years. I love the Walter Hill movie and was intrigued by the idea of a Marxist updating of The Anabasis.

Reading the novel now was a surprise, disappointment, and revelation. A surprise because it is so different from the film. There is very little "action," and while Yurick's prose is often quite good, he can veer toward the didactic. And there are some remarkable plot changes—which it would be a spoiler to detail.

And a disappointment for all of the
Gustavo Nascimento
Ótimo livro para se ter na estante! A capa é belíssima imitando o couro surrado do colete dos Warriors do filme, com relevo no logotipo. Já a leitura é uma grande decepção! O livro não tem praticamente nada a ver com o filme, Walter Hill provavelmente leu só a sinopse do livro e criou o seu filme icônico. Os "Warriors" no livro nem tem o mesmo nome, chamam-se Dominadores, são também bem mais jovens.
O autor escreve uma longa introdução ao livro tentando justificar seu livro como uma grande obra
Jan 31, 2016 Frootsnak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, film
I don't know how to feel about this one, but maybe that was the point of it? Gave it a 2 as my feelings were so equally balanced on it.

Aside from Hinton and Lunkface, I really struggle to remember the slightest personality traits of the other characters- I forgot a couple of them even existed at times, which can't be a good sign. I think Hinton was the most interesting character by far and I really wish that level of care was taken to develop all of the other gang members too, it might've really
Nov 22, 2015 Tqob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone mentions the movie. That’s unfair. Like asking WWII to be Vietnam. The movie is resolutely 70s, the book is definitely 60s, with a lot of 50s holdover (every character wears a hat). The movie stars men marching as an army; the book, teenagers. Furthermore, in the book nothing much happens. A small group of the young go into New York City to represent their gang at a big meeting. The meeting falls apart almost immediately. The kids make it in varying states of disarray mostly back home. ...more
Nov 10, 2015 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-16-season
I was never a huge fan of the movie - it always felt a bit empty. When I learned it was based on a novel, I was excited to have the holes filled in and the motivations explained, or at least made more clear. I would have been better off never reading it.

The characters are unlikable - arrogantly, stupidly, irredeemably violent. Rape and vandalism are normal for them. The period details of the novel are nice, but their value can in no way excuse the plot - armed revolution by a super gang of crimi
Nov 03, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The Warriors movie is in my top five favorite movies of all time list. So when I finally got the book and read it I naturally thought the book would be just as enjoyable, if not more so. However I was very disappointed when I found the book truly boring in comparison to the movie. I knew the book was different than the movie before I read it as the characters names are different, different name of the gang, etc. I thought the book would still be similar to the movie though but I was wrong. While ...more
Smokkee Singleton
I never knew that the cult 70's movie The Warriors was based on a book. The movie happens to be one of my favorites & one of the first the movies I actually remember seeing at a movie theater. So I knew I had to read it.

Spoiler Alert: It's totally different from the movie.

Well, that's not really a spoiler, is it? If you do decide to read this book, you won't be reading about tons of bad ass gang rumblings that happen in the movie. There's some action, just not what you'd expect. Actually the
May 29, 2014 D.deberry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read last marking period was called The Warriors by sol yurick and by my point of view this book is a perfect and believable story of how the life of a gang bangers struggle of trying to stay alive if the worlds is against you.

the story is based on a gang called the warriors and the warriors need to get back home but a couple of people frames them for murder and now every gang in the world ins out to get them so now they have to run away to there hide out so they can be safe but its
John Young
I had read Xenophon's Anabasis (which is excellently braggy, about the handsome, clever and above all humble Xenophon successfully leading his troops home) and I was delighted to learn that the 1965 book that was the basis of the 1979 movie was based on it. On the Anabasis, that is. The book is dark and claustrophobic in tone, and reflects American tensions of race and class in a despairing 1960s way that reminds me of A Clockwork Orange published three years before.
Sol Yurick's cynical, rambli
Dec 18, 2007 Frankie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one thiz buk suxxxxxxxxxxx
i learned dat dis book waz like a bigggg waste of my lyfe and tyme
Greg Harrison
Nov 17, 2015 Greg Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can dig it.
This is ugly. And gritty. And violent. And realistic. Yulrick worked as a social worker in inner city New York in the late 60s, when this novel takes place. Its not the anti-hero scenario from the movie, far far removed from it. I remember watching the movie and expecting some things to happen that didn't. For more people to be hurt, especially Mercy. Women in the novel are kept to the background, and are abused and denigrated. The Warriors, or Coney Island Dominators to be exact, are a black ga ...more
Martin Spellman
The Warriors was originally written in 1965 but was slightly updated for the film tie-in [ASIN:B000UTS3VY Warriors - Ultimate Director's Cut Edition (1979) [DVD] but it was all based on the story of Xenophon, an ancient Greek soldier, who in his 'Anabasis', available as The Persian Expedition', describes the march of the army of 10,000 from Babylon to the Black Sea, where they cry "the sea, the sea!" as the Dominators cry "the Ocean, the Ocean!" when they get back to Coney Island from the Bronx. ...more
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Sol Yurick was an American novelist. He was born to a working class family of politically active Jewish immigrants. At the age of 14, 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 welf ...more
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