NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For fans of Game of Silence, Sleepersis the extraordinary true story of four men who take the law into their own hands This is the story of four young boys.Four lifelong friends.Intelligent, fun loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable.Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York Citys Hells Kitchen.And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street.They never get caught.And they know they never will Until one disastrous summer afternoon On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horrible wrong.And the four find themselves facing a years imprisonment in the Wilkinson Home for Boys.The oldest of them is fifteen, the youngest twelve.What happens to them over the course of that yearbrutal beatings, unimaginable humiliationwill change their lives forever Years later, one has become a lawyer.One a reporter.And two have grown up to be murderers, professional hit men.For all of them, the pain and fear of Wilkinson still rages within.Only one thing can erase it Revenge To exact it, they will twist the legal system.Commandeer the courtroom for their agenda.Use the wiles they observed on the streets, the violence they learned at Wilkinson If they get caught this time, they only have one thing left to lose their lives Praise for Sleepers Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story Sleepers is a thriller, to be sure, but it is equally a wistful hymn to another age.The Washington Post Book World A gut wrenching piece of work Lorenzo Carcaterras graphic narrative grips like gunfire in a dark alley.The Atlanta Journal Constitution A terrifying account of brutality and retribution, searing in its emotional truth, peopled with murderers, sadists, and thugs, but biblical in its passion and scope.People Sleepers is so many things a Dickensian portrait of coming of age in Hells Kitchen, a terrifying and heartbreaking account of the brutalization of youth, a shockingand disturbingly satisfyingclimax worthy of the finest suspense novel A brilliant, troubling, important book.Jonathan Kellerman Compelling.USA Today...
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books March 2, 1996|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|File Size||:||897 KB|
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This is a very sad story of abuse and revenge. When we are young, even when we are older, we often do stupid things without considering the consequences. Four young boys actions lead to some nasty consequences, but then they become victims of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of those who were suppose to watch out for them. Years later, they get the chance for revenge. This novel was a little different that I suspected. It spends A LOT of time discussing the environment that the boys are raised in before we find out what they have done to get sent to the a Juvenile Home. That could have been trimmed down some.
This was a rather classical-style first person story of 4 "best friends" growing up in an impoverished and tight-knit community in Manhattan in the 1960's. A prank goes sour, and an innocent bystander is horribly injured. The boys are sent off to a horrific, abusive juvenile "facility", which irrevocably alters the course of their lives. It is well done, with a wonderful and convincing "voice". The characters are well developed, and draw the reader deeply into the story. I recommend it highly.
I don't care how much of the story is fabricated; there's plenty here that's real, especially Lorenzo's often brilliantly rendered dialogue. The plot is brilliant as well. I don't like some of the characters, but I respect who they were and who they became and why. Some of the characters are unforgettable: Fat Mancho, Father Carillo, King Benny, Sean Nokes, Marlboro, Carol, Shakes, among others.
This has always been a favorite of mine. Everyone has read and seen it. It's a great read. Brutal. Makes me wonder if there are still guards like this in charge of our misguided youth.
Saw the movie many years ago and loved it. Just finished the book and it was even better; held your interest from beginning to the end; thoroughly riveting. I couldn't put it down, even though the topic of child molestation at the juvenile center is rather disturbing and may be rough for some to handle. But If you enjoy a drama where vengeance is a major theme, this book is a can't miss.
I really loved this book and I read it in 2 days. Once I finished it, I began hearing that it was not a true story as it was reported to be by the author. It was a very intense and sad story but now I am not sure if it actually is true or not. Fiction or nonfiction, I still think it is a very powerful story and the events could have very well happened.
Excellent book. The movie follows the story line fairly well, but the book gives you a much more detailed understanding of the people and personalities involved. At times its a difficult read and you can't help but have hatred for the guards. I won't spoil the end, but there is at least a measure of satisfaction.
I have always loved the film Sleepers and this is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Lorenzo Carcaterra's depiction of the individuals in this book is most impressive, especially his appreciation for his closest friends. The horror they endured might be impossible to understand fully yet, in my opinion, their friendship is the most powerful part of this story.