The Natural

Author(s): Bernard Malamud

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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 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 Kazin's 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."

1984. Reprint. A very good copy.

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  • : 9780140027839
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.188
  • : August 1984
  • : {"length"=>["18"], "width"=>["12"], "units"=>["Centimeters"]}
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 224
  • : 813/.54
  • : Paperback
  • : Bernard Malamud