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ISBN13: 9780374502003
ISBN10: 0374502005
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The classical novel (and basis for the acclaimed film) now in a new edition

Introduction by Kevin Baker

The Natural, Bernard Malamuds 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 Kazins 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.”

Review:

"Malamud [holds a] high and honored place among contemporary American writers." Washington Post Book World

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"A brilliant and unusually fine novel." The New York Times

Review:

"A preposterously readable story about life." Time

Review:

"The finest novel about baseball since Ring Lardner left the scene." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Biting, witty, provocative, and sardonic, Bernard Malamud's The Natural is widely considered to be the premier baseball novel of all time. It tells the story of Roy Hobbs — an athlete born with rare and wondrous gifts — who is robbed of his prime playing years by a youthful indiscretion that nearly costs him his life. But at an age when most players are considering retirement, Roy reenters the game, lifting the lowly New York Knights from last place into pennant contention and becoming an instant hero in the process. Now all he has to worry about is the fixers, the boss, the slump, the jinx, the fans...and the dangerously seductive Memo Paris, the one woman Roy can't seem to get out of his mind.

Synopsis:

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 takes on the story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era--and invests it with the hardscrabble poetry, grand and believable, that runs through all his best work.

About the Author

Bernard Malamud (1914-86) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for The Fixer, and the National Book Award for The Magic Barrel. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.

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lukas, December 28, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
Probably a lot of people don't know that the Robert Redford film was based on a book. Heck, I didn't and I read all the time! For fans of the film, this is quiet different than the inspirational, borderline cheeseball film. It's much darker and more ambiguous, but well worth reading if that's your particular box of cracker jacks.
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Michael Jordan, June 19, 2008 (view all comments by Michael Jordan)
I have just reread this fine baseball novel ,which is very different from the fine movie.
I have searched for a first edition of the novel without luck.
Do you have a suggestion?
Sincerely,
The Original Michael Jordan
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374502003
Introduction:
Baker, Kevin
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Introduction by:
Baker, Kevin
Introduction:
Baker, Kevin
Author:
Malamud, Bernard
Author:
Baker, Kevin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Baseball stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
2003.
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
New Introduction
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.46 x 0.665 in

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Product details 248 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374502003 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Malamud [holds a] high and honored place among contemporary American writers."
"Review" by , "A brilliant and unusually fine novel."
"Review" by , "A preposterously readable story about life."
"Review" by , "The finest novel about baseball since Ring Lardner left the scene."
"Synopsis" by , Biting, witty, provocative, and sardonic, Bernard Malamud's The Natural is widely considered to be the premier baseball novel of all time. It tells the story of Roy Hobbs — an athlete born with rare and wondrous gifts — who is robbed of his prime playing years by a youthful indiscretion that nearly costs him his life. But at an age when most players are considering retirement, Roy reenters the game, lifting the lowly New York Knights from last place into pennant contention and becoming an instant hero in the process. Now all he has to worry about is the fixers, the boss, the slump, the jinx, the fans...and the dangerously seductive Memo Paris, the one woman Roy can't seem to get out of his mind.
"Synopsis" by , 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 takes on the story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era--and invests it with the hardscrabble poetry, grand and believable, that runs through all his best work.
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