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The Natural by Bernard Malamud
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Jun 01, 2011

really liked it
Read from May 31 to June 01, 2011

This was an easy, enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone. You do not need to be a passionate baseball fan, as the story is about a lot more than just baseball. Having just a rudimentary understanding of the game is sufficient, as most of the book is told away from the baseball diamond, not on it.

The book itself is the twisting tale of Roy Hobbs, a player with as much natural talent for the game of baseball as anyone in history. He frequently finds himself, as star players so often do, in situations with unsavory characters who don't have Roy's best interests at heart. It spans from a (brief) encounter as a young, hot prospect to his breakout season in the major leagues at the ripe age of 35 with very little detail given as to the in-between.

For people that have seen the classic movie and aren't interested in the book because they think they know what happens, I would encourage you to read this even more so because the book takes a number of twists and turns that the movie doesn't, and has a very different tone and the ending goes in a different direction as well.

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