On The Waterfront: The original novel of the Oscar-winning classic film

On The Waterfront: The original novel of the Oscar-winning classic film

by Budd Schulberg (Author)


'I could've had class. I could've been a contender. I could've been somebody.' Former boxer Terry Malloy and his brother Charley, the crooked lawyer known to all as 'the Gent', are members of the tough, mobster-connected New York Longshoremen's Union, run by Johnny Friendly. Johnny and his goons rule the waterfront with an iron fist. If you want to stay alive, you do things Johnny's way and plead 'D 'n D' - deaf and dumb. Terry, seen by most as a slow-witted, washed-up fighter, is happy to do any work he can get. But when he is caught up in one of Johnny's rub-outs and meets Katie, sister of the murdered man, a conscience begins to form. Together with the idealistic but tough-talking Catholic priest, Father Peter Barry, Terry and Katie attempt to take on the gangster-ridden waterfront. But Johnny Friendly and his men don't take kindly to ratting, and their attempts to undermine the mob may come at a severe cost.


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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
Edition: paperback / softback
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Published: 24 Mar 2008

ISBN 10: 0749080299
ISBN 13: 9780749080297

Media Reviews
'White-hot fiction' The New York Times
Author Bio
Budd Scuhlberg grew up in Hollywood, his father being one of the founders of the Hollywood film industry. His novels include the legendary What Makes Sammy Run?, On The Waterfront, The Disenchanted, The Harder They Fall, Everything That Moves, two collections of short stories and a memoir. He died in 2009.