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Sleeper collo 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 facilityThis is the story of four young boys Four lifelong friendsIntelligent 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 City's Hell's 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 afternoonOn that day what begins as a harmless scheme g. Sleeper collo 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 bookThe book presents a tale of friendship loyalty brutality and revenge Trust me when I tell you this is a pretty disturbing bookThe book revolves around four inseparable friends John Reilly Tommy Marcano Michael Sullivan and the author Lorenzo Carcaterra The book starts with the story of the boys growing up in the rough neighbourhood of Hell s Kitchen in the 1960sThe friends were like any boys they loved movies comics sports baseball cards played childish pranks and surprisingly a couple of them also loved books They often took succor from books when they tried to escape the harshness of their lives They or rather their parents had a lot of problems at home life in the Hell s Kitchen was full of hardships and struggles the boys only had each other for supportThe author also writes Life without friends was harder Most kids were lucky enough to find one friend they could count on I found three All of them older probably wiser and no doubt smarter There is no memory of my early years that does not include them They were a part of every happy moment I enjoyed A very important character in the life of the boys was Father Bobby What a character he was Raised in the same neighbourhood himself he tried his level best to take care of the boys He introduced them to the world of books tried to keep them off the allure of easy money through crime The author has also given a pretty good description of Hell s Kitchen It was a place of innocence ruled by corruption The inhabitants of Hell s Kitchen were tough and often violent But they adhered to their own code of honour and justice The punishment for any violations was ruthlessLife was going on fine or rather as fine as boys in such a neighbourhood can be But a very stupid prank gone wrong would turn their world upside down They would be sent off to a correctional facility the Wilkinson Home for Boys and fall victim to the sadistic and perverted guards there The boys were not members of any powerful gang and therefore vulnerable The guards did unspeakable things to these boys I felt so much anger while reading about their brutality There were a few good men in the prison a guard who tried to help the boys a teacher who tried to make a difference But they were powerless to fight the systemThe boys left the correctional facility scarred for life John and Tommy took to a life of crime while the author and Michael left the neighbourhood and tried to live an honest life A chance encounter with one of the sadistic guards would set off a series of events Michael and Lorenzo would develop an elaborate plan to exact revenge not only on the guards but also on the facility itself Old friends from the neighbourhood would come forward to ensure justice for the boys The courtroom scenes were excellentThe guards got their just desserts and so did the facility The boys got justice but still barring the author none of them got a chance to lead a normal lifeThe author says that it is a true story Some people have raised doubts about the authenticity of the story It might be semi fictional I don t know But I do know that crime against vulnerable children happens all over the world That s why the story was so poignantThe story reminded me of Stephen King s The Body The movie adaptation is Stand By Me It was another beautiful and tragic tale involving young boysIf you think you would like to give the book a try then please go ahead But as I have mentioned before parts of the book are really disturbing

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They learned at Wilkinson If they get caught this time they only have one thing left to lose their livesSLEEPERS is the extraordinary true story of four men who take the law into their own hands It is a searing portrait of a system gone awry and of the people some innocent some not so innocent who must suffer the conseuences At the heart of SLEEPERS is a sensational murder trial that ultimately gives devastating yet exhilarating proof of street justice and truly defines the meaning of loyalty and love between friends Told with great humor and compassion even at its most harrowing SLEEPERS is an unforgettable reading experienc. The kind of book where you don t really want to say you enjoyed it given the subject matter and the fact that it s nonfiction although I ve read some dissenting views regarding that but on that later but it was definitely captivating And during the part of the book set at the Wilkinson School for Boys a nice way of saying juvenile detention center or reform school there were times when I felt anxious and dreaded the next few pages I don t think a book has ever done that to me before We meet Lorenzo Shakes and his three best friends when they are all around 11 14 years old if I m remembering correctly The author tells us how the four became fast friends while living in Hell s Kitchen and takes us through a lot of their escapades up until the fateful practical joke that lands a passerby in the hospital Up until then it s almost a warm amusing memoir of schoolboy antics But it definitely takes a very dark turn when the four boys are sent to Wilkinson From there we follow the boys as they are abused by the guards physically emotionally and sexually Those are some of the scenes that gutted me and were hard to read at times Once the boys are released we jump into the future and follow the boys now men as two of them kill one of the former guards and the other two devise an elaborate plan to tilt the trial in their favor and convince a jury to find the killers not guilty I understand the deep friendship that led to this but considering the two who killed the guards have killed others before that and probably went on to kill others after thatwell it s a shaky moral line to be straddling Usually after I read a book that s also a movie I like to watch the movie This one I m not so sure I want to see these events played out in front of me Although Brad Pitt and Jeffrey Donovan Shakes grows up to become a journalist and his writing is superb with the words flowing across the page He has uite a few other books in his backlist fiction and nonfiction and I plan to keep an eye out for them After the book s release there was a lot of debate about whether or not it was in fact a true story with naysayers claiming there was no record of any court casetrial like the one in the book True or not the book is worth reading You can find a New York Times article here

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Oes horribly wrong And the four find themselves facing a year's 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 year brutal beatings unimaginable humiliation will change their lives forever Years later one becomes 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. Jar of Death Pick 36Reading Rush A book that inspired a movie you ve already seenSleepers is a movie that I ve never really heard anyone talk about I m the only person I know who has seen it And the only reason I watched it was because Brad RenfroRIP was in it Ive discussed the huge crush I had growing up on Brad Renfro I ve seen every movie he was ever in I feel like I need to rewatch the movie now because back when I originally watched when I was 16 I thought it was boring but after reading this book there is no way that the movie could be as boring as my teenage self thought Sleepers is the true story of the author s harrowing time spent in a juvenile detention centerprison for kids and the horrific abuse suffered there I could not put this book down It was taut exciting compelling and heartbreaking This book put my emotions through the ringer Now I am aware of the controversy surrounding this book It has been alleged that the author Lorenzo Carcaterra didn t experience these things but instead it was a friends story Nobody denies the story actually happened what is in dispute is who it happened to My thoughts on the matter are that it doesn t matter a lot to me if Lorenzo Carcaterrawith permission told some else s story because I think this story needed to be told and no one connected to it wanted to be identified Sleepers is a brutal story No child should ever have to experience the horrific abuse suffered by the people in this book Mr Carcaterra is a brilliant writer who told a gripping story of friendship loyalty betrayal courage and revenge I recommend Sleepers with all of my heart A Must Read

  • Paperback
  • 399
  • Sleepers
  • Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • English
  • 20 December 2017
  • 9782266071284

About the Author: Lorenzo Carcaterra

Number one New York Times bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra's highly successful career spans than 25 years of writing for the diverse fields of fiction non fiction television and filmBorn and raised in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood Carcaterra landed his first job in the newspaper business as a copy boy for The New York Daily News in 1976 He worked his way up to entertainmen

10 thoughts on “Sleepers

  1. says:

    Sleeper collo 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 h

  2. says:

    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 thenThe story was a harrowing one exploring the effects of how life can change in an incident with a minor mis

  3. says:

    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 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

  4. says:

    Jar of Death Pick #36Reading Rush A book that inspired a movie you've already seenSleepers is a movie that I've never really heard anyone talk about I'm the only person I know who has seen it And the only reason I watched it was because Brad

  5. says:

    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 probablySo while I'm grounded I read this book and I can't

  6. says:

    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 lat

  7. says:

    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 uick search on the net now convinces me that there is a huge controve

  8. says:

    The kind of book where you don't really want to say you enjoyed it given the subject matter and the fact that it's nonfiction although I've read some dissenting views regarding that but on that later but it was definitely captivating And duri

  9. says:

    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 verba

  10. says:

    I've heard that there is some doubt about the truth behind this story which has made the claim to be entirely t

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