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The Warriors: Os Selvagens da Noite

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  985 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Eles são mais perigosos que o sistema, mais violentos que o Estado e muito mais numerosos que a polícia. Membros de todas as gangues de Nova York se reúnem no Bronx para acabar com suas rivalidades e, juntos, lutarem contra "O Homem". Tenha muito cuidado ao voltar de madrugada para casa.

THE WARRIORS é o romance que deu origem ao filme Os Selvagens da Noite, um verdadeiro c
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 30th 2015 by DarkSide Books (first published 1965)
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Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Warriors movie is loosely based on this book. For those who watched the movie, there are several notable differences:

"The Warriors" are the Dominators
Cyrus is Ismael Rivera
The Dominators do not kill Ismael Rivera
Loyalty to the gang/family and colors are more played out
Gang rape is present in the book
The Dominators are kids in their teens
The Dominators are a Hispanic/African American gang.
Other gangs don't dress in the outrageous theme costumes.
The characters are not as likable

What is the sa
Jul 28, 2011 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
Jim C
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 25, 2008 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
Ronnie Justice
Feb 25, 2014 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
May 26, 2015 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
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
Oct 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very rarely do I say a film is better than a book,but in this instance I have to hold my hands up and say the film wins hands down,Although well written the author tends to over elaborate and dare I say waffle on far to much,whole chapters are devoted to just one scene,ie the chocolate bar on the subway train,leading to a book that is hard to really get in to,most books I struggle to put down,this one I struggled to pick up
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10-read-2017
"What he said must be simple, for most of them were not quick of Understanding.
What he said must be spoken quickly, for most of them had no Patience.
What he said must be put strongly, more acted than spoken, for the had to be Hooked to stand and hear."
I feel that one Halloween, all of my friends and I shall dress up in one of the gang members outfits. It must be done.
Dec 18, 2007 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
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different to the movie, grittier and reads like a form of social commentary as well as entertainment. The movie is more of a fantasy in comparison. Both are excellent.
Dec 19, 2010 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.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have literally no idea how this dumpster fire of a novel ever got published.
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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 22, 2011 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
Nov 08, 2015 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
Dec 09, 2014 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
Patrick DiJusto
Jan 01, 2013 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.
Oct 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Álvaro Díaz
Un libro que tiene buenas ideas pero cuyo desarrollo se hace pesado y repetitivo. Cuenta la historia de un grupo de pandilleros en una época que no queda clara, puede que incluso en un mundo distópico o futurista (aunque esto tampoco queda patente en nada en concreto). Muy lejos de otros libros relacionados con este tema, como The Wanderers de Richard Price. En definitiva, una novela prescindible que posiblemente aún se lea -al menos ha sido mi caso- por el éxito que tuvo la película.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
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.
Honestly I found it difficult to give the book a fair shake since the movie is a cult classic. I compared the two in my head as I read and it might be because of this that I found the story pretty dull (that subway again!) and lifeless (almost melodramatic). It isn't often I like the movie better, but here it is most definitely the case.
Greg Harrison
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can dig it.
THREE-AND-A-HALF. Spoilers ahead. I am a big fan of the movie, but, I suppose, not a big enough fan to have realized that it was based on a novel. So, when I came across this book in my local library, I checked it to make sure it wasn't some cheesy novelization of the film; however, upon reading it, I realized that not only was it not a novelization of the film but that it also differed greatly from the film in a number of ways.

For example, Walter Hill's film does a great job portraying the War
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're of a certain age you most likely grew up thinking The Warriors was the coolest flick ever. (Who didn't want to be Cobb from The Baseball Furies?!)

It goes without saying: the book and movie are different. Vastly different. So different in fact that in another world I could imagine an indie director (like the late John Cassavetes or even Gus Van Sant nowadays) having done a faithful adaption of the book and both movies could've coexisted peacefully.

The afterword by the author (from 2013,
Max Rudd
This is not the film.

Having been a fan of the 1979 Walter Hill screen adaptation of The Warriors since I was a teenager, I was excited to get a chance to read the novel which inspired it. But I'm left with conflicted emotions having now done so.

I'm fascinated and intrigued by the picture painted by the book, especially by the fact that it was released in the mid-sixties - something which generated discord on it's own as I can't picture the setting as being anything other than that of the movie.

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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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