The Natural

The Natural

Book - 2000
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Considered by many to be the greatest baseball novel ever written, this classic morality tale features one of the most memorable characters in all of literature, Roy Hobbs -- a talented athlete whose promising career is derailed by a youthful indiscretion. When Roy makes a comeback as an aging player, his struggle to achieve greatness in the midst of recreant temptations becomes the subject of an epic story about our national need for heroes and our simultaneous desire to see them fail.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperPerennial, 2000, c1952.
ISBN: 9780060958299
0060958294
Branch Call Number: FICTION Malamud Bernard
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,21 cm.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

I'm not a baseball fan, but I love Malamud, so I wasn't sure whether I'd enjoy this novel or not. I did. If you're a fan of the movie, be warned that the novel may not be as uplifting and optimistic as the movie was. (No surprise there, right?)

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lukasevansherman
Dec 28, 2013

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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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that. Suffering is what brings us towards happiness.

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