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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    5 Star Review: Must Read Book!

    "Peter Gent is not a former football player who happened to write a novel, but a writer of real talent who happened to have played football for the Dallas Cowboys."- Larry King
    North Dallas Forty exposes the physical and emotional struggles of eight days in the life of a proffesional football player. Phil Elliot, reciever for the Dallas Cowboys, is battered from years of savage abuse that is called football. To survive, Elliot relies on painkillers, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances. Meanwhile, his nights are filled with raunchy parties and marijuana. Everyday is a struggle to overcome for Phil as he fights for his dreams of glory and the starting position on any given Sunday.
    Major themes in this novel are cynicism, substance abuse,and business in the NFL. Cynicism is portayed by the attitude of Phil Elliot who refuses to work hard, and is so selfish that he will root against his own team for his own benefit. Substance abuse is the only way Elliot can manange the physical and emotional strains of professional football. It is difficult to find a point in the novel when Elliot is completely sober. Peter Gent reveals the business side of pro football. Contracts and salaries have almost a bigger impact on the roster than talent or maturity. Ultimalety, the value of Elliot's contract is more important to the coaching staff than his talent.
    North Dallas Forty is one of my favorite books. I would absolutely recommend it. The powerful emotions Gent depicts are breath taking. Gent brilliantly balances violence with humor,sorrow with warmth, and insight with depth. After the first twenty minutes of reading I was completely hooked, truly caring about the future of the protagonist.
    I have no dislikes for this novel. In my humble opionion it is the greatest football novel ever written. However, due to the graphic and obscene nature of the book, it is intended for mature audiences and discretion is advised. Children and people who are offended by obscene language, graphic adult situations, and substance abuse should not read this book.
    Other recommended works include Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger, Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins, and Paper Lion by George Plimpton.

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