Roy Hobbs, the protagonist of The Natural,
makes the mistake of pronouncing aloud his dream: to be the best there ever was. Such hubris, of course, invites divine intervention, but the brilliance of Bernard Malamud's novel is the second chance it offers its hero, elevating him--and his story--into the realm of myth.
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“A brilliant and unusually fine novel.” —The New York Times
“A preposterously readable story about life.” —Time
“Malamud [holds a] high and honored place among contemporary American writers.” —Washington Post Book World
“The finest novel about baseball since Ring Lardner left the scene.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch