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The Natural Paperback – July 7, 2003
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“A brilliant and unusually fine novel.” ―The New York Times
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“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.” ―St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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In his story, Malamud explains the highs and lows of any sports athlete - being in the zone and hitting slumps. The major differences between Robert Redford performing like Roy Hobbs, and the true Roy Hobbs in Malamud's book, is that Hobbs is not superhuman - or a "Wonderboy" as his bat exclaims. Robert Redford plays a mysterious Herculean athlete that carries his team to a pennant. Whereas, Malamud's Hobbs is a normal guy with exceptional ballplayer skills - but he makes human mistakes. I think what most readers of `The Natural' will be most surprised at is the ending of the book - it builds up climatically just as the movie does, however the end is much different. I liked the book very much, and I am an admirer of Malamud's writing style. I recommend the book; I loved the movie, and I comparatively loved the book - but in a different way.
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Great book, had to get for school and was very convenient to find online. Not too sure if i would read this on my own but i had to because i was required to finish the book in a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Natural by Bernard Malamud is a wildly exaggerated mix of realism, fantasy, cartoonlike scenes, and hoary baseball memorabilia. It is all supremely unnatural. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Schwartz
I had to read this book as my AP literature summer assignment. At first, I thought the book was gonna suck because it was about baseball. Read morePublished 4 months ago by euvette
Say it aint’ so.
I was aware of this novel for quite some time, as I saw the film years ago, but I never realized how far removed the book is from the 1984 film with... Read more
If you've seen the almost cult movie with Robert Redford, you will find the book disappointing. Not only does the book not clear up any of the mysteries left unanswered in the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by George M. Graves