- Publisher: Demco Media (August 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0606016880
- ISBN-13: 978-0606016889
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 331 g
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
The Natural Turtleback – Aug 1995
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The "Natural" doesn't stand the test of time. Maybe way back in the day you could have invented a Roy Hobbs and the anti-hero story would be received as edgy and avant garde. But it's hokey now and too simplistic: the would-be hero who can't prevail because he chases what's bad for him and ensures his own destruction in spite of tremendous "natural" talent. We're not surprised by the ending at all. We expect it. We get it. We saw it play out in the last presidential administration. We're sick of it.
It's one thing for a novel to be dark, it's another for that darkness to get in the way of the narrative, character development, and so on. Which is exactly what I loved so much about the movie. Remember those great scenes with Wilfred Brimley and the assistant coach? Remember when they were whistling to each other, playing "name that tune?" Those two characters have absolutely no depth at all in this book. The manager's reduced to a grouchy head of steam full of resentment and doubt for everyone. The assistant coach is just a box of fortune cookies come alive, kicking out hayseed credos and cutting the tension here and there. People we thought we KNEW by the end of the movie barely have any narrative power ripple over them in this book.
Some of the pitiful contrivances are out-of-this world corny, implausible, or irrelevant: Roy's chance meeting with Memo, his gargantuan appetite, his magic tricks. Pages which should have been devoted to developing Roy's internal crisis and his unpreparedness for the world around him are wasted with vaudevillian-style hijinks where one character "gets over" on another.
Hat's off to the writers of this movie. I didn't know they had to stretch this far to make such a great film. I've no problem with sad endings and disappointments, just don't play me "When the Saints Go Marching In" for 250 pages and call it "Ave Maria."
I thought that this was an excellent book. Bernard Malmund makes his characters seem incredibly real. He also describes their problems and lives with great clarity. He also tells the story at an even pace. he also make sit remarkbly believeable Roy's story could very well be taken from another great athlete. The ups and downs are the truest I have ever read from any novel. Also, the story in itself is intoxicating. Read it and it is easy to become lost in that world. It is also excellent drama. The way Roy lives and how he interacts with the other characters is excellent. The story is entertaining as well. You will be cheering for Roy and the Knights for the entire story. Read this story of determanation and love of the game and you will never look at baseball the same way again.
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