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THE NATURAL

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A highly original, tightly written novel of America's national sport and its periphery of fanatics, which in its fantastic invention of character and exploit assumes the proportions of the fabulous impossible. The protagonist is Roy Hobbs, a "natural" all player, first seen on a train heading for Chicago and a tryout at the age of 19. Succumbing to the wiles of Harriet Bird, a dangerous paranoid ... Read full review

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Having seen the movie many times, I was flabbergasted by the many plot points in the book that don't in any way resemble what Hollywood made of it. I thought the book was a fabulous weaving of sports writing, tall tale and fable, a quirky classic. Read full review

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I don't know what to think about this book. By the end, I got to where I really didn't like Roy Hobbs, but I also felt bad for him. As for the ending, I'm not sure what to think about that. Read full review

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I enjoyed the writing and think I would have enjoyed the book.....But I had just seen the movie. So because it wasn't a fresh story, I didn't look forward to reading it each night. (And for the record ... Read full review

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We have two lives, the life we learn and the life we live with after that. Read full review

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Now I'm ready for my newest -- and the world's smallest -- book club. Read full review

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Roy hobbs was injured after highschool, then when he was in his early 30s he decided to play baseball again. Some teams didn't want him because he was old, but he finally got on a team. He had his own ... Read full review

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I liked it. I've seem the film adaptation a dozen times and finally reading the novel was quite eye-raising. The biggest surprise was the portrail of Hobbs as a less than pure hero figure. Read full review

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Stephen King recommended author and book. Book noted as "important to the genre we have been discussing" from Danse Macabre, published in 1981. Author noted in chapter 9. Read full review


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