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The Natural

Malamud, Bernard (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Gifted baseball player Roy Hobbs, his career derailed by a youthful indiscretion, makes a stunning comeback in later life, but finds himself still struggling against the temptations that would bring him to ruin.
Authors: Malamud, Bernard
Title: The natural
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux pbk. ed
Characteristics: xii, 231 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bernard Malamud
Notes: "Introduction by Kevin Baker"--Cover
Summary: Gifted baseball player Roy Hobbs, his career derailed by a youthful indiscretion, makes a stunning comeback in later life, but finds himself still struggling against the temptations that would bring him to ruin.
ISBN: 9780374502003
0374502005
Branch Call Number: FICTION MALAMUD 2003
Subject Headings: Baseball players Fiction
Genre/Form: Baseball stories
Topical Term: Baseball players
LCCN: 2003104942
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If you've seen the film, you might be surprised by the darker tone of the novel. Roy Hobbs' baseball career is cut short by a crazed fan. Years later he has a second chance and easily shoots to the top of the majors with his skills. Come along on his surreal journey.

Bernard Malamud’s protagonist was famously portrayed by Robert Redford; the book remains a classic.


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Dec 28, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Probably a lot of people don't know that the Robert Redford film was based on a book. Heck, I didn't and I read all the time! For fans of the film, this is quiet different than the inspirational, borderline cheeseball film. It's much darker and more ambiguous, but well worth reading if that's your particular box of cracker jacks.

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