The Natural Author:Bernard Malamud In THE NATURAL, Bernard Malamud has raised all the passion and craziness and fanaticism of baseball to its ordained place in mythology. This is one of the few American novels that uses popular folk material in the interest of serious fiction, and the reverberations of the book carry far beyond the ball park. This book, first published in 1952, h... more »as since become a new American classic.
"Mr. Malamud has in THE NATURAL bound, not imposed, an archetype in the life we presently live; in his book the modern instance and the remembered myth are equally felt, equally realized and equally appropriate to our predicament. It is this which gives to his work special authority and special richness; for he has not felt obliged to choose between the richness of imagined detail and that of symbolic relevance." Leslie Fiedler, Folio« less