This is a book about heroism - of sorts. Roy Hobbs has an immense natural gift for playing baseball. He could become one of the great ones of the ...Show synopsisThis is a book about heroism - of sorts. Roy Hobbs has an immense natural gift for playing baseball. He could become one of the great ones of the game, a player unmatched in his time - a hero. But his first hard-won big chance ends violently, at the hands of a crazy girl, and then it is years before he gets another shot. At last, in a few short seasons, or never, he must achieve the towering reputation that he feels is his right.Hide synopsis
The Natural (Blackstone Audiobooks) – Audiobook cassette (1993)
Professor Bernard Malamud
Audiobook cassette, Blackstone Audiobooks 1993
ISBN: 0786104546 ISBN-13: 9780786104543
This new American classic has raised folk-culture fanaticism for baseball to its ordained place in mythology, and the reverbations carry far beyond the park.This new American classic has raised folk-culture fanaticism for baseball to its ordained place in mythology, and the reverbations carry far beyond the park.Hide
Description:Very Good. 0786104546 Audio tapes in Great Condition! Former...Very Good. 0786104546 Audio tapes in Great Condition! Former libray copy with usual markings, Jewel case, complete artwork, and tapes all in Great condition!
Many readers may be drawn to The Natural because of the Barry Levinson movie. This was true for me, and I found the movie faithful to the book in many ways. For example, magic plays key roles in both book and film. However, the book presents a much darker story, and its plot differs dramatically from the film in critical places. Still, most of the actors conform very well to the characterizations developed by Malamud: Robert Duvall's Max; Joe Don Baker's Whammer; Barbara Hershey's Harriet; Darren McGavin's Gus; Wilford Brimley's Pop; and Richard Farnsworth's Red. But not so for Roy Hobbs! I don't know what to make of him; he is enigmatic (and perhaps oafish). He has his Great Talent, but it seems that he can only do ONE THING well. And he carries the seeds of his own downfall (as perhaps we all do). I tried to count the Seven Deadly Sins that Roy embodies, and I think they are all there--except possibly Sloth. But many (men, especially?) can relate to the unfortunate choices that Roy makes. He falls repeatedly into the same trap--baited with sex. It is one of the oldest stories, and Malamud is adroit in telling it. Archtypes seem to come and go throughout the book, and the concept of Free Will appears to be brought into question. It is a troubling story, but worth reading.
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