Summary: The 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."
Summary: The 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." ...show less
Edition/Copyright:52 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc. Published: 07/28/2003 International: No
"A brilliant and unusually fine novel."
--The New York Times
"A preposterously readable story about life."
"Malamud [holds a] high and honored place among contemporary American writers."
--Washington Post Book World
"The finest novel about baseball since Ring Lardner left the scene."
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The author's first novel may very well be his most endearing, given its film version, which starred Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs. In this brilliant allegory, Hobbs is a charismatic figure, who, at an ...show moreage when most players are considering retirement, reenters pro baseball, and proceeds to lift the lowly New York Knights from last place to pennant contention. Having been robbed of his prime playing years by a youthful indiscretion that nearly cost him his life, Hobbs becomes an instant hero. Come the fixers, the boss, the slump, the jinx, the fans...and the dangerously seductive Memo Paris, who Roy can't seem to get out of his mind. As great a baseball story, real or mythic, as ever was! 248p. ...show less
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