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  • "A rich original of the first rank" -- Saul Bellow "One of the best writers in the English language... His work embeds itself into one's consciousness and refuses to be dislodged" Sunday Times "The Natural by Bernard Malamud shows the agony, destruction and pathos that come often with great sports talent" -- Sid Waddell, sports commentator Independent "This book established that we could have a serious adult baseball novel by playing with the parallels between mythical elements in the game and mythical elements in literature" Chicago Tribune "Bernard Malamud's The Natural that still leads the field [for novels about baseball]. It is one of the landmarks of a period in US fiction when Jewish novelists dominated the scene with work of the highest ambition" Metro

    "A rich original of the first rank" -- Saul Bellow "One of the best writers in the English language... His work embeds itself into one's consciousness and refuses to be dislodged" Sunday Times "The Natural by Bernard Malamud shows the agony, destruction and pathos that come often with great sports talent" -- Sid Waddell, sports commentator Independent "This book established that we could have a serious adult baseball novel by playing with the parallels between mythical elements in the game and mythical elements in literature" Chicago Tribune "Bernard Malamud's The Natural that still leads the field [for novels about baseball]. It is one of the landmarks of a period in US fiction when Jewish novelists dominated the scene with work of the highest ambition" Metro

  • braves7 More than 1 year ago
    The Natural by Bernard Malamud tells the story of Roy Hobbs, a man who is about 19 and trying to make it to the Majors. While on a train on his way to Chicago, he runs into a sports writer and a real ball player. He is challenged to a duel against the leagues leading hitter. Later on his way to Chicago, he runs into trouble and is sidelined for years. When he finally makes his return, Roy is in his 30's and signs with the team that is at the bottom of their division. When he goes out and practices, everyone notices how much of a natural he is, especially since he only learned how to play from his dad. After the death of the star player on the Knights, Roy has to fill in his big shoes. He helps raise the morale of the team and brings them within contention for the league lead. Near the end of the season, Roy is forced to make the toughest decision of his life; take a large sum of money and throw the game, or to take his small salary and not throw the game. The ending is one that you can kind of see coming with an unexpected twist, but it also leaves you hanging. It is a great book for sports fans because it portrays the struggle of someone trying to make it to the Majors while getting into their personal life and making you want to read more and more. In the novel, there is also a lot of foreshadowing that helps careful readers pick up on things that are going to happen and affect Roy. There are also many surprises that pop up along the way. It is a great story about following your dreams and never giving up on them no matter how old you are, because they can always come true if you keep working at them, much like they did for Roy.

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