The Warriors (Paperback)

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Forget what you know about the movie (the gang is the Coney Island Dominators). Yurick's pulp novel is a dark, fatalist, murderous early '60s NYC tale with no sign of hope. Think West Side Story as written by Hulbert Selby or Iceberg Slim: addiction, unfettered violence, rape. And the gangs are black, Borinquén, Dominican, with nary a white savior (of any consequence) in sight. No one talked about this NYC.

— Doug


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 attempt at order. The Warriors follows the Dominators making their way back to their home territory without being killed. The police are prowling the city in search of anyone involved in the mayhem. An exhilarating novel that examines New York City teenagers, left behind by society, who form identity and personal strength through their affiliation with their "family," The Warriors weaves together social commentary with ancient legends for a classic coming-of-age tale. This edition includes a new introduction by the author.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802139924
ISBN-10: 0802139922
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2003
Pages: 181
Language: English