The Natural

By | November 19, 2017
The Natural Author Bernard Malamud
ISBN-10 0374502005
ISBN-13 9780374502003
Year 2003-07-07
Pages 231
Language English
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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The classical novel and basis for the acclaimed film now in a new editionIntroduction by Kevin BakerThe Natural Bernard Malamud s first novel published in 1952 is also the firstand some would say still the bestnovel ever written about baseball In it Malamud usually appreciated for his unerring portrayals of postwar Jewish life took on very different materialthe story of a superbly gifted natural at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball eraand invested it with the hardscrabble poetry at once grand and altogether believable that runs through all his best work Four decades later Alfred Kazin s comment still holds true Malamud has done something whichnow 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

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