- Series: Hall of Fame Edition (Book 1)
- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Sport Media Publishing (September 4, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0973144335
- ISBN-13: 978-0973144338
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the center of the novel is Phil Elliot, a fairly talented tight end who relies on pain killers to get him through the season. He carouses with the quarterback, only to ultimately find that the man he considered his closest friend when not be there for him in the end, and downs alcohol and drugs with a sense of abandon. To Elliot's mind, he is a team player because of his willingness to play with pain, taking painful, burning shots of cortisone in his knees in order to practice and play. But to his coaches, he is a loose cannon who they will only tolerate so long as he is useful to the team.
Ultimately, Elliot loses the game he loves. He learns that his only real value to the team is his ability to perform and when the side issues with him outweigh his talent to catch a pass, he loses that which he loved above all else (even if he would not admit it to himself): the game.
If you've seen the movie, you've only gotten a taste of the novel. Gent has written other books, but this remains his best. The book exposed a raw nerve at the time of its first release and was decried in many corners as nothing more than the fanciful tirade of a embittered former player. Instead, over the years we've learned that Gent's revelations regarding sex, drugs, and alcohol abuse in the NFL were all too true. And despite stringent drug testing rules, all of the problems exposed in his novel are still present in the NFL today.
North Dallas Forty, an thinly-veiled insider view of the Dallas Cowboys of the late-1960s. Written by a former Cowboys' wide receiver, the book takes you inside a football franchise struggling to stay on top. After reading the book, your body aches -- you know what it feels to be drilled in the ribs while running over the middle.
Watch the team and the NFL go out of the way to protect the stars while throwing aside those pawns that make the greats great. Read this book and become disgusted by the NFL, the owners, the coaches, and the entire league apparatus, but glory in the sheer talent and determination of the players doing the only thing that they know how to do.
Gent unfolds his story with graphic violence, graphic sex and absolute savage humor. Any sports fan who ever wondered what professional football/sports was really like behind the TV cameras, should read this novel. Memorable characters that parallel real-life football stars, and a great pace make this book one of my favorites. To quote one critic of the book, "...Gent isn't a great football player who just happened to be a talented writer, but he's a great writer who just happened to play football. North Dallas Forty is a must-read."
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The semi-autobiographical novel about the NFL in the 1970s is quite an education about the game in that era. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Thomas Stamper
If Hemingway had been into football, he might have written this. Funny and sad. Based on real people and events.Published 1 month ago by Greg Silva
I read and re-read this book over 40 years ago. Peter Gent is one of the greatest social commentators, but no one knows it. His remarks are just as appropriate today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I very much enjoyed this book. It says a lot about the men who sacrifice their bodies for our enjoyment and how management abuses them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved it. Great look at the inside of the game with a touch of fear and loathing.Published 5 months ago by Matthew J. Montague
Great read if you're interested in the off-field culture of pro football and its stars. Well-written and humorous yet dark, but always entertaining and insightful is Gent's tale. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chernandez9
I read this because I have long been a fan of the movie. They both flow pretty much spot on. A very interesting read considering the sudden greater concern for player health and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cotton Lawler
Really enjoyed this peek behind the curtains of the early 70's NFL.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer