The Natural

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Avon Books, 1952 - Fiction - 217 pages
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Biting, witty, provocative, and sardonic, Bernard Malamud's The Natural is widely considered to be the premier baseball novel of all time. It tells the story of Roy Hobbs--an athlete born with rare and wondrous gifts--who is robbed of his prime playing years by a youthful indiscretion that nearly consists him his life. But at an age when most players are considering retirement, Roy reenters the game, lifting the lowly New York Knights from last place into pennant contention and becoming an instant hero in the process. Now all he has to worry about is the fixers, the boss, the slump, the jinx, the fans...and the dangerously seductive Memo Paris, the one woman Roy can't seem to get out of his mind

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An interesting tale by a great writer. - Goodreads
The movie's uplifting ending works. - Goodreads
Malamud's writing is skillful. - Goodreads
The novel's darker ending also works. - Goodreads

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It's been a long time since i read a novel written in this era (1952). the use of language was very different from what i am used to in modern novels, but i enjoyed the beautiful imagery. Malamud's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

The movie is better. No doubt about it. I remember as a kid seeing the credits at the end of the movie version and laughing that the film employed a "baseball consultant." What idiot doesn't needs a ... Read full review


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Bernard Malamud was born in 1914 in New York City and later received his B. A. from City College of New York and his M. A. from Columbia University. All of Malamud's works are highly respected, including "Armistice" (his first), "The Magic Barrel," which won the National Book Award, "The Fixer," which received a Pulitzer Prize. "The Assistant," "The Natural," "The Fixer," and "The Angel Levine," which were all adapted as films. Bernard Malamud died in 1986.

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