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The Natural
The Natural
Author: Bernard Malamud
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ISBN-13: 9780374502003
ISBN-10: 0374502005
Publication Date: 7/7/2003
Pages: 248
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Powerful, mythic, wonderful use of language.
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Helpful Score: 1
THE FINEST NOVEL ABOUT BASEBALL SINCE RING LARDNER LEFT THE SCENE.
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Malamud's prose does a wonderful job capturing the essence of what baseball is: brief moments of chaotic action amid long stretches of patient passivity.
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As a fan of baseball I eagerly anticipated reading "The Natural" by Bernard Malamud. I, personally, was disappointed. Not that the writing was bad, it wasn't but I do not believe that the author has ever watched a game of baseball or if he has then he doesn't know enough about the game to write intelligently about baseball. There are just too many instances where the story lost me because the time wasn't taken and experts consulted to get the rules of the game straight.
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This is supposed to be a classic novel. I just couldn't get into it. Probably because I have the edition w/movie stills plastered all over it and that really turned me off to the book.
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Liked the movie so much better, which is not usually the case for me.
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Batter up! This is a no-brainer read; little wonder that it was made into a movie. Roy Hobbs is a hayseed with all the power of a steroid wonder. His team, the Knights, would seem to be the progenitor of the Cleveland Indians in the movie Major League, while Roy is the progeny of Casey at the Bat. It has all the ennui and hype of modern baseball. Too bad that this wasnt on the required reading list for Pete Rose.
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The book isn't a bad read but it would have been better if Mr. Malamud understood something about baseball. There are far too many errors about how the game is played.

Just three stars from me.