A shattering novel about Italian street gangs, their hates, lusts and perverse and brutal ways in a world that scorns and damns them
PYRAMID BOOKS G567
FIRST PRINTING DECEMBER 1960
NEW YORK, USA
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY DOUBLEDAY & CO
COVER ART BY TONY KOKINOS
The Wanton Boys is a brutally realistic story of Pasquale Rossano, a young boy, who ran away from the fishing village he grew up in. He joined other street urchins in Naples where they sought love, a little food and warmth and where they tried to find a place in the sun of life.
These urchins were scorned, fore-doomed and damned by the world to a living hell of a bat-filled, rat-infested, diseased-filled existence. They learned cruel lessons that only the young must learn when adult life is thrust upon them. They learned the bestiality of animal lust and forbidden passion from prostitutes and homosexuals; they found that they were less than human and that the poor, the starving and the weak have no place in life.
This is every wayward youth's story-an unflinching, true-to-life, memorable novel that you will not soon forget.