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RIP Peter Gent

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 21, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Damn. Pete Gent dead at 69. RIP.

  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Book was one of a kind.
  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Weird to think of Peter Gent having even been 69. Great book. Interesting guy. RIP.
  4. Second Thoughts

    Second Thoughts Active Member

    R.I.P. What a great book. For some reason, I was thinking about the movie just the other day and wanting to see it again.
  5. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    I doubt this was the first time.
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Easy, Poot.
  7. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    GREAT book. kicked the crap outta the movie. read it when i was 16 or 17 and was devasated by the ending, disturbed for days.

    r.i.p., pete. and thanks. well done!
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Heard him in a radio interview about 7-8 years ago and he was boring as hell. Great book and movie, though.

    Long live Phil Elliott!
  9. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    Just read the book a few weeks ago. One of my favorites. RIP.
  10. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    Ummm... wow. Damn is right, 21. This just hit me like a 2-by-4.

    I read "North Dallas Forty" twice, but read the sequel probably a half-dozen times. They were disturbing, but not nearly as disturbing as "The Franchise", which was one of the darkest novels I've ever read.

    You could tell Gent had a real chip on his shoulder about sports. There was no glory in his books, just a dark, sleazy, malevolent tone throughout. They may have ended on a good note, but that note was drenched in bitterness and darkness.

    RIP to a talented writer who carried a burden with him few could understand.
  11. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    I've got an original paperback copy, too.
    RIP, Peter Gent
  12. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Not a good year for North Dallas Forty folks connected by 6 degrees of separation-- Gent, Meredith, JD Spradlin
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