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The Natural by Bernard Malamud
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May 15, 2012

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Read in March, 1982

Another book I've read and re-read. I liked it a lot in high school and actually read it before the movie came out. Then the movie came out and I re-read the book and was sort of down on it for being so depressing. Then I went through a period where I laughed off the movie for taking so many liberties with the book. But now, I've come toe the realization that they are two completely different works, and it's pointless to compare, except that the movie makers took the idea and made it an upbeat love letter to the game of baseball, while the book is about broken dreams, a meditation on the egos and selfishness at the heart of our beloved past time.

I still really love Bernard Malamud's descriptions of the carnival in the prologue. But it's kind of a seedy read in the end, something about it is not quite great.

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