The Natural

The Natural

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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Pulitzer Prize winning author Bernard Malamud's first novel is still one of the best ever written about baseball. His story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era is invested with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all his best work. First published in 1952, this novel has since become an American classic. Five 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."
Published: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2007.
ISBN: 9781433284861
1433284863
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Additional Contributors: Hurt, Christopher 1959-

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Apr 04, 2018

Fans of the movie should approach the novel with caution. It's a far cry from Robert Redford's mythic, heroic portrayal. The book is beautifully written and captures the poetry and thrill of the game, but it's also dark, downbeat, and disillusioning, with hardly a likable character in sight (including Roy Hobbs, who's a much different person in this version). If you enjoy the kind of story where heroism is questioned and giants are cut down to size, you'll like this book. But if you want an inspiring, uplifting sports story, you're much better off watching the movie.

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