West Side Story

West Side Story

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by Irving Shulman
     
 

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From the silver screen to the Great White Way—one of the greatest stories of all time.

They came together through love but violence threatened to tear them apart. Maria was young and innocent and had never known love—until Tony. And he, who had been seeking something beyond the savagery of the streets, discovered it with her.
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From the silver screen to the Great White Way—one of the greatest stories of all time.

They came together through love but violence threatened to tear them apart. Maria was young and innocent and had never known love—until Tony. And he, who had been seeking something beyond the savagery of the streets, discovered it with her.
But Maria’s brother was leader of the Sharks and Tony had once led the rival Jets. Now both gangs were claiming the same turf. Tony promised Maria that he would stay out of it. Would he be able to keep his word? Or would their newfound love be destroyed by sudden death?

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ISBN-13:
9780671813659
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
05/21/1976

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West Side Story 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the musical may be a copy of Romeo and Juliet, but you have to take into consideration that Shakespeare didn't make up Romeo and Juliet ALL by himself. It ORIGINALLY came from an epic called 'Romeus and Juliet' by Arthur Brooke, so it really isn't plaigarism, it is merely 'fixing'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
West Side Story is my favorite movie and musical. And to those who say its a ripoff of Romeo and Juliet-that's the point. It's an updated version so that really is not a reason to not like it. Besides, Shakespeare is not known for his 'original' stories-back then it wasn't plagiarism. Romeo and Juliet is adapted from Pyramus and Thisbe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to try out for my 2006 high school musical so bad this year, and i was hoping that it was going to be something i knew. When they told everyone that the musical was going to be West Side Story i didnt know what to think. I had never even heard of a musical by that name. So i decided not to try out and to just go see the movie. I really didnt think i was going to like it, but when i sat in that seat and the lights became real low i was hooked to it. I could barly wait for intermission to end so i could find out what was going to happpen between Tony and Marie. The play was amasing an i hope that next year i will know what musical i am trying out for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the play when I saw in New York in the 1970s, later on I came to love the movie, and I love the book! West Side Story is a beautiful story! I highly reccomend the book! And you MUST watch the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
West Side Story, by Irving Shulman, is the novelized adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Written almost 50 years ago, it is the "modernized" version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and portrays aspects of forbidden love caused by racism and old-fashioned ideas. The book tells the story of Maria, a first-generation immigrant from Puerto Rico, and Tony, who was born in America. They are both connected to rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Maria sees America as a beautiful place where nothing bad can happen, even though she lives in a poor neighborhood where her brother is the leader of the Sharks. I like the way the author wrote Maria's character to be very innocent and blind to the racial discrimination that she faces. She sees America as a wonderful place even though her neighborhood is anything but wonderful. Tony's gang member friends don't know how to solve problems other than through violence. Following the plot of Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria fall in love, which creates uproar to their family and friends. I've seen the musical and the movie, and I have read the book, and I was disappointed with the book. Often a book will deal with conflicts more effectively and in greater depth than a movie or musical can, however I didn't feel that way with West Side Story. For this story, I think that the singing and dancing brought the passion and serious issues to life better than written words. Although I liked the musical better, it was not a bad book! It was interesting to read about issues such as racism and interracial love and to see how far society has come in the past 50 years!
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bjt More than 1 year ago
"West Side Story" does a nice job of explaining the love and conflicts that arise between people of different ethnic groups. The story appeals to teenagers of middle school probably to those in the nursing home. "West Side Story" appealed to me in seventh grade and is still in my interests today. "West Side Story" took place in the bitter streets of New York City. The book, of course, consisted of two gangs with different races. There were Pollocks in one group, Puerto Ricans in the other. There was no significant reason for the gangs to battle, but just that each gang wanted the streets of New York City to be made their own. Of course the groups could not mingle with any member of the opposing ethnic, but two people, Tony and Maria, ignored this rule. The author, Irving Shulman, did a terrific job of explaining the emotions inside the gangs, the emotions during the gangs' rumbles, and the feelings of Tony and Maria. "West Side Story" is a modern version of Romeo and Juliet, explaining the situation of love in a more understandable way. In this action drama, many emotions jump out of the pages, while Tony and Maria not only battle with the hatred between the gangs but keeping their love strong through it all. Tony and Maria are forced to sneak around and secretly love each other. Both know that if they are caught, nothing good will arise. Neither Tony nor Maria approve of the gangs. They see eye to eye despite their ethnic, and see no reason why everyone can't just get along. They want the streets of New York to be a place for friends not rivals. I am definitely a fan of "West Side Story," and I recommend the book to those who want a good action, love story with a hint of dispense. Once you read the first few pages, you'll never want to put the book down. If you are ever looking for a fun book to read that will keep you on your toes, you might want to highly consider reading "West Side Story."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book for Middle school and High school kids NOT elem. school i really don't know what to say ?? sorry
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Spooky More than 1 year ago
This is a love story like Romeo and Juliet. I read the book and watched the movie. We read this book in 10th grade. Couln't put the book down I liked it very much. All these years later I read the book again recently. It's truely amaizing for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read and paralell to Romeo and Juliet. Set however, in more modern times. It holds up over time, to interacial love and conflict, to a gang homicide by shooting. It was ahead of it's time and is today still, right on time. It goes down like this in California in real life like, all the time. An excellent story then and now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did the musical 'West Side Story' and I just bought the book from the store. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I've ever read. I read it during my 8th grade year and it took me only and hour to read. I fell in love and was torn between the love and violence aspect of it. It is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Romeo and Juliet
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was in love with the movie. although i highly discourage watching the movie and then reading the book, it didnt make a difference here. the book was clear and concise and kept me interested much like the movie did. i love how its set in new york during the 1950s. anyone would love this story
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is really motivating. it talks about the 1950's. based on how the streets were back then all ghetto you had the urban civilization and the puerto ricans which had caudsed a problem. But besides that it showed that not all people are different from others as they were showing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for summer reading this year and i have to say it is a great book. Supreisingly, its is a really beautiful love story and it has some really great action in it! I highly reccomend this book to both fans of drama and action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read the book and saw the movie awesome old time favorite .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some books are boring to read, but this one was interesting... a few pages in, and you couldn't stop. There was action, romance, and more! Excellent comparison to Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it went really fast and had a plot that i, as a 17 year old, could follow. I REALLY need a comparision book though so i could write my reasearch paper.