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The Warriors

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  464 ratings  ·  68 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
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Published by Grove/Atlantic (first published 1965)
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Joe
Nov 05, 2007 Joe rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
danny
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
Mark
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
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Evan
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
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Ronnie Justice
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
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Hayden
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
Luis Q
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
Michael
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
Joe
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
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Paul
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Jessica
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
Seth Warncke
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.
D.deberry
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
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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
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Frankie
Dec 18, 2007 Frankie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Liam Day
The Warriors is the story of a fictional New York street gang, The Coney Island Dominators, and their battle to get back to their "turf". Ismael, the leader of a rival gang, calls all the street gangs of New York together for a meeting, where he proposes that all of them work together so that they can be more powerful. All is going well, until the police show up. In the confusion Ismael is killed, and the Dominators who were present at the meeting lose sight of their leader, Arnold. The remainin ...more
Nycdreamin
Being a fan of the 1979 movie "The Warriors," I decided, upon reading the news this past January 2013 of the death of "The Warriors" author Sol Yurick, that maybe I should also read his original book version. So I had my local library order me up a copy and a week or so later I had it in hand and was ready to read.

The copy I received was a paperback, probably the edition pictured here, with a long...like 25 page-or-so long...introduction from the author, Mr. Yurick. It seemed a bit, uh...long...
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Gavin Mcphillips
The Warriors by Yol Surick charts the journey of the Coney Island Dominators, A small gang in the Bronx that has to fight their way home after chaos breaks out amongst gang members and cops during a convention of gang leaders. Six members of the Dominators find themselves alone in enemy terrain, and must fight their way to safety and home turf.
These six members of the Coney Island Dominators are put in a situation where they must fight for their own survival. After a convention of gangs leaders
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Gregory Mcmanus
I just finished reading The Warriors for the third time a little while ago and I can not get over how great it is. The characters are the embodiment of the beast which stirs inside of heart of every young boy who just wants to act out his most primal urges and the consequences of what happens when boys are not taught to keep those urges in check. A most read for any young man.
Thee_ron_clark
After watching the movie several times and playing the hell out of the video game, I finally got around to picking up the book that started it all.

First of all, let me just say that the film and game are only loosely based on this book. The basis pretty much ends with a gang from Coney Island going to a huge gang meeting that goes wrong. The gang finds itself stranded miles from home.

Unlike the film and game, the gang in the book are not very noble as a whole.

I will not give the story away as a
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Dan
May 24, 2007 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JD's
This is the novel on which the cult movie (according to the book jacket) was originally based, and it's based on Xenophon's The Anabasis. In the same way that Xenophon's writing is chock-full of hilarious pre-Christian-ethical-system slang ("he's a trussed lamb, that laboreth under the sun, daddy") that makes it sound dated now, so does the warriors contain a lot of carefully-punctuated like's and man's that constantly remind the reader it was written in 1964. That said: It's totally awesome. Th ...more
Angel
The Warriors is a small gang in the Bronx that has to fight their way home after chaos breaks out a meeting full of gang members, which a leader got shot by another gang that blame the fault on them. Six members find themselves alone in enemy terrain, and must fight their way to safety and home turf.
These six members of the Coney Island Dominators are put in a situation where they must fight for their own survival. After a convention of gangs leaders is broken up by cops everything goes into com
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Andrea
I'm a longtime fan of Walter Hill's 1970's film The Warriors, but have only now read the book on which it was based. The story is centered around the Coney Island Dominators (the Coney Island Warriors in the movie) and their dangerous flight back to CI from the Bronx after a mass gang meet-up is busted up by the police.

It's clear that Hill took his own liberties from the book and Yurick's afterword explains many of them (the movie's transformation of the protaganist from Black to White, for exam
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Peter Clegg
Way different and darker than the movie. I like both for different reasons. This might be the rare exception where the movie is better.
Mira
I started reading this years ago and kept thinking, I've seen the film, no need to read the book. Yet the book is so different to the film. The book has insights the film scrapes over and translates violence into cool. The book is rather about weaknesses and the way violence is written is far from cool, it shocks instead. The aspect of cool is only in the characters who discover other things besides violence in themselves, private moments of deep thought, fear, and questioning of the system they ...more
Krystle
Gets a resounding meh from me.

Everything is played so straight, it falls flat. (The movie benefited greatly from the camp factor, which is completely absent here.)
And the various original details (e.g., the gang-gathering and death of Ismael/Cyrus) remove the story's weight and suspense.
About the only thing I did like here was the ending.

I didn't think much of it, until I got to the 30-page afterword. You'd swear that Yurick was attempting to write a serious novel and had put great thought into
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Amit Tida
Sol Yurick was a time traveler.

Ryan Rodriguez
The book The Warriors is about a gang from Coney Island going to a meeting in the bronx and have to fight their way back home under enemy lines. This book is full of action, adventure, and subway meyham. I liked this book because its not every day that you read about gangs and hear what they are feeling. The main charachters in this book are gang members Dewey, Lunkface, Hector, Bimbo, and Arnold who go through a rough time trying to get home. i recommend this book to teenage readers looking for ...more
Steven
The concept was good, but the delivery weak. A group of warriors, a street gang from Coney Island, journey home from a meeting uptown. The story is meant to parallel ancient Greek tomes. Some of the characterizations were weak, the authors understanding of street youths despite his background in sociology seemed inaccurate from my own experience, and the story meandered about without a sufficiently strong central focus. I still thought it was a good story, but it could have been much better.
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Sol Yurick (born 1925) is 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 wi ...more
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