The Natural

The Natural

eBook - 2003
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Introduction by Kevin BakerThe Natural, Bernard Malamud's first novel, published in 1952, is also the first—and some would say still the best—novel ever written about baseball. In it Malamud, usually appreciated for his unerring portrayals of postwar Jewish life, took on very different material—the story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era—and invested it with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all his best work. Four decades later, Alfred Kazin's comment still holds true: "Malamud has done something which—now that he has done it!—looks as if we have been waiting for it all our lives. He has really raised the whole passion and craziness and fanaticism of baseball as a popular spectacle to its ordained place in mythology."
Publisher: 2003
ISBN: 9781466805033
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

I'm not a baseball fan, but I love Malamud, so I wasn't sure whether I'd enjoy this novel or not. I did. If you're a fan of the movie, be warned that the novel may not be as uplifting and optimistic as the movie was. (No surprise there, right?)

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lukasevansherman
Dec 28, 2013

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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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that. Suffering is what brings us towards happiness.

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