Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Warriors - Sol Yurick


PANTHER BOOKS 2218
LONDON, UK
FIRST PRINTING 1967
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY W.H. ALLEN LIMITED 1966

WAR ON A CITY

'Shocker is a favourite word used about books. This is one that truly merits it. It's West Side Story and then some. And nobody's singing I Feel Pretty...
Yurick isn't just concerned with crude violence. He really digs deep into the customs and conventions of these kids at war with the adult world.'
- Alan Forrest, SUNDAY CITIZEN

'The Warriors is the story of youthful delinquency to end all such tales. Nothing is left to the imagination-And the imagination boggles'
- Liverpool Daily Post

'The best novel of it's kind I've read, an altogether perfect achievement. I'm sure that to many it will sound like sacrilege but I have to say that I think it a better novel than LORD OF THE FLIES'
- Warren Miller

In the Bronx, eight boys, long sideburns and crew-cut tops, thick sweaters despite the heat, and sneering looks on their murderous Irish faces, mounted the crosstown bus. The driver felt the back of his neck turn to ice.

July 4th, American Independence Day
The teenage gangs - white, Puerto Rican, Negro...
17-year-old youths juggling with snake-coiled bicycle chains, 15-year-old girl friends nursing knives in their pockets - declare a truce to their interminable warfare and stream out from the appalling slums into downtown New York. The snobs are going to be given a rumble. So begins, as rockets soar into the sky to explode into shimmering American flags, a night of madness, orgy, and murder. The reader will certainly finish THE WARRIORS awestruck on a new, unbelievable level of awareness.

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