Sleepers

Sleepers An unforgettable true story of friendship loyalty and revenge Lorenzo Michael John and Tommy share everything the laughter and the bruises of an improvished childhood on New York s violent West Sid

  • Title: Sleepers
  • Author: Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • ISBN: 9780099628712
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • An unforgettable true story of friendship, loyalty and revenge.Lorenzo, Michael, John and Tommy share everything the laughter and the bruises of an improvished childhood on New York s violent West Side Until one of their pranks misfired and they were sent to a reformatory school.Twelve months of systematic mental, physical and sexual abuse left the boys transformed forAn unforgettable true story of friendship, loyalty and revenge.Lorenzo, Michael, John and Tommy share everything the laughter and the bruises of an improvished childhood on New York s violent West Side Until one of their pranks misfired and they were sent to a reformatory school.Twelve months of systematic mental, physical and sexual abuse left the boys transformed for ever.Eleven years later, one of them had become a journalist, one a lawyer and the other two killers for the mob In a chance encounter they came face to face with one of their torturers and shot him dead in front of several witnesses The trial that followed brought the four friends together again in one last audacious stand and a courtroom climax as gripping as any John Grisham novel.

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    1. Sleeper (colloq.): 1. out-of-town hit man who spends the night after a local contract is completed. 2. A juvenile sentenced to serve any period longer than nine months in a state-managed facility. Long time back, a movie buff friend had highly recommended the movie Sleepers. I never got around to watching the movie but remembered the name. While book hunting in a second hand book shop I came across the book and realized that the movie is based on this book.The book presents a tale of friendship, [...]

    2. I read this once when I was younger and have not read it since. I remember reading this shortly before the movie came out (which I had only seen about once or twice itself) and the events stayed with me ever since then.The story was a harrowing one exploring the effects of how life can change in an incident with a minor mistake of childhood play. After a childhood prank that ends in the death of a local vendor, the four friends of the book are sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where the pris [...]

    3. I read this book many years ago when I was in high school and I wanted to re read it to see how I felt about it this many years later. It was still a very hard read. The first part of the book describes the relationships and friendship between the four boys, we get to know their personalities and characteristics and have some insight as to how each of them will cope in this hideous environment. The boys end up in some mischief which has dire consequences, they are sent to a reform school where t [...]

    4. Possibly the most disturbing book that I have ever read. After I finished it (I was fifteen), I walked around my house in shock muttering "oh my god" over and over. Originally I had picked it up out of a bookshelf without knowing what it was about, so the subject matter was more of a surprise than if I had known what to expect. I actually feel somewhat horrible giving this five stars, but it was an utterly engrossing and captivating book. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this for most people I kno [...]

    5. It was the summer of '97 and I got grounded for sneaking out of my bedroom window (again) to meet up with friends to drink warm, pilfered beers and smoke mexican ditch rat-weed (probably).So while I'm grounded I read this book and I can't put it own. Because I read it so quickly, I still have a week to kill with nothing to do. So i read it again. I had friends come over to try and get me to sneak out again but i blow em off and say 'nah, im good actually, got this book im reading'. That's about [...]

    6. The book is very well written and graphic in its portrayal of violence and sex, but I had a sneaking suspicion it may be mostly fiction even while I was reading it years ago. A quick search on the net now convinces me that there is a huge controversy regarding the veracity of the story.If it's a true story, it rates five stars.If it's fiction paraded as truth, it rates only one star.Since there is no way of establishing the truth, I plumb for three stars.

    7. The author, Lorenzo Carcaterra in his book, "Sleepers" tells the story as himself reflecting back to when he was a boy growing up in Hell's Kitchen (a city in New York) in the 1960's, and a place he and his three other friends were forced to go to after pulling a stupid prank that almost kills someone. This place is a juvenille facility that they soon find out will change their lives forever. There they endure unnecessary verbal, physical and sexual abuse from the guards that watch them.Later as [...]

    8. Suskunlar bir süredir elimde idi nihayet okuyabildim. Kitap 1960'larda Amerika'nın sorunlu bir mahallesinde yaşayan dört arkadaşın dramatik hayat öyküsünü konu alıyor. Sorunlu bir ortamda ve sorunlu ailelerin arasında birbirine sığınan bu dört küçük çocuk, istenmeyen bir olay yüzünden hapse giriyorlar. Başlarından bir çok kötü ve akıl almaz olay geçiyor, yazar bunları okura aktarırken olayları daha dramatik hale getirmeye çalışmıyor. Hatta genel olarak yaşand [...]

    9. I've heard that there is some doubt about the truth behind this story, which has made the claim to be entirely true. I read this book long before those doubts were raised, and then again after I heard about them, and my opinion of the book did not change at all.It would be better if the story was true, as Carcaterra presents it, but it does have a slight element of "yeah, sure" that the reader has to work through, especially at the end.But, true or not, it's a great story. The friendship of the [...]

    10. I have cried so much I don't know how can people be so evil - we are talking about the boys here!!! I cannot stand that - the idea that everything here is probably true (for this author), that this kind of thing really happens all around the world, is sooo heart breaking, I, I, I. I cannot The book is so good written, and of course Mr. Carcaterra implies that the book is based on a true story. So many good descriptions of emotions, and characters, and places, and the horrific happenings. The sto [...]

    11. Qualche anno fa avevo visto il film tratto dal romanzo che a sua volta dovrebbe essere tratto da fatti realmente accaduti all’autore, mi era piaciuto ma me lo ricordavo solo vagamente. Sparo subito il lato negativo: questa storia nelle mani di uno scrittore con più abilità avrebbe potuto essere da cinque stelle. Non che sia scritta male, ma nemmeno così bene e lo si nota soprattutto nella prima parte dove si salta un po’ da palo in frasca.Mentre leggevo la prima parte, che racconta dell [...]

    12. I absolutely fell into the pages of this book. I enjoyed every vivid characters and smiled at the fact that they were at one point real people. The story definitely provides a strong sense of reality that only one who has been abused can relate to. The author was able to convey such images to the reader that could bring one to tears.The thing I enjoyed the most in this book was the love shared between friends. The main characters knew that no matter what happened in the world or how life changed [...]

    13. This is a true story but it reads as fluidly as fiction.A gritty account of young boys sent to a detention home and the brutality they endured from the guards. Hard to read at times, but compelling.

    14. ***There is talk that this "based on a true story is just thata story! But I'm going on what I read, and that its a telling a real part of a real mans past. I had been intruded to this movie YEARS ago (I believe 1995-1996) and I knew it had a book on the topic but just never got around to getting itFast forward to present time, and I'm walking out a book store and there on a .25cents cart there it is!!!(so I get it!) I knew the premise of the story, as I said I seen the movie before, I knew it w [...]

    15. I read this book a number of years ago and believed every word. This time around I found myself skeptical. It reminded me of James Frey's A Million Little Pieces. It was too stylized and unlikely; I could believe it may have had its roots in truth but that doesn't make the story a full truth. The court case seemed particularly unlikely. It is a pretty well-written story but I don't see it as THE TRUTH, just a version thereof most likely. It could, in fact, be lies from beginning to end, but ther [...]

    16. I pretty much read this book because I had seen the movie a few years ago. I can't really say it was good because of the horrific subject matter, but the author did a great job of telling the story. I could almost see the city, hear the accents spoken. I got emotional at the things happening to the boys, and I cheered when the vengeance came.

    17. This is going to be the book to beat this year for Best Read. It's a rich, involving memoir of growing up in Hell's Kitchen and learning to negotiate the ins and outs of that world. From there the rug is yanked out from underneath the author and his best friends and they end up in a whole new nightmare. What follows is apparently also a true story, but to me -- a revenge-minded grudge-holder from way, way back -- it reads like the unlikeliest of fairytales. Beautifully written. My only unanswere [...]

    18. This is the first non-fiction book I've read that has made me ANGRY!!! I can't believe the author and his friends were abused for twelve month and no-one did anything about it!That being said, I've given this book a rating of five stars because I found it to be a compelling read. I was surprised at how fast I finished reading it to be honest. I should warn you that it's not an easy read because of the sensitive subject matter but don't let that put you off.Sleepers is the true story of Lorenzo [...]

    19. קרקטרה לורנצו – "ישנונים"מעריב, 352 עמ'זהו סיפורם של ארבע נערים צעירים, לורנצו, מייקל, טומי וג'ון שהיו חברי נפש בניו יורק של שנות ה- 60.הם גדלו באחת השכונות המסוכנות והידועות לשימצה של ניו יורק : מטבח השטן. שכונה של מהגרים עניים שמחד סיפקה אווירה של אלימות, פשע וסמים אבל מאידך סיפקה [...]

    20. I remember going to see the film of this when it first hit the cinemas, so wanted to read this to understand the story some more. It's a tough tale to read. Four friends, growing up in Hells Kitchen, are mainly harmless and spend their childhood roaming free in the neighbourhood. But when one of their pranks goes wrong and a man is seriously injured, they are sent to a Reform School for Boys. Although their sentence is only for a few months, what they find inside is a group of guards determined [...]

    21. This book was gripping and vividly depicted without superfluous detail.The characters become very real, you want to reach out to them. I was immersed in the scenery. Even if you'd never been to Hell's Kitchen in the 60s you can be there in this book.Written by one survivor of abhorrent abuse within a New York juvenile detention centre in the 1960s, this book depicts his life - and the lives of his three friends - before, during and after incarceration in the Wilkinson Home for Boys.This is not a [...]

    22. This was a riveting read and it kept me engaged throughout.I looked at my bookshelves and realized that I had not added this book. It is a story of four boys growing up in Hell's Kitchen. One day, a prank goes wrong and they end up killing a man by accident. They are sent to the Wilkinson Home for Boys as punishment. It is there that their horrific abuse at the hands of some guards takes place. After being released, they deal with their abuse in different ways. Years later, two of the boys see o [...]

    23. Put Stephen KingsShawshank Redemption in one hand, and his The Body in the other. Now put your hands together and you'll have Lorenzo Carcaterra's Sleepers; an allegedly true story of four boys who are united through life by solid friendship, never leaving each others side. An eye opener to what went on behind the bars of justice in the 1960's New York, and the 'wrong side of the law'. A gruesome story of what freedom really meant.

    24. Absolutely gripping based around 4 boys growing up in Hell's Kitchen (an underlying message that not all bad/horrendous experiences will destroy your life or affect your successes- not always). Based on a true story and extremely disturbing story of raw revenge and trauma. What an exciting book to read.

    25. Maybe not quite a 5 but I needed a good book today and this was it did not like the start of it all that much, seemed maybe a little more like a documentary or travelogue, but moved into a good well-told story

    26. Supposedly true story, that starts out as a coming of age story then evolves into a prison survival story and finally turns into a sweet revenge story. While I have my doubts regarding the veracity of some events none have been disproved. Either way, this was a really great book and I couldn't put it down.

    27. A classic.minded me of "The Outsiders" on a larger more contemporary and violent scale. Haunting

    28. I saw this movie before I read the book. And the movie always left me feeling sad but at the same time, hopeful. The book was not any different. Sad for the boys who lost their innocence at such a young age but hopeful for the friendship that they shared which ran deeper than blood. The story, brought to light by the narrator Lorenzo Carcaterra was nothing short of captivating. I loved the movie and now I've made room in my heart for the book as well. A story that will stick with me forever, rem [...]

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