Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Natural
Bernard Malamud


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 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.

Paperback, 240pp
Atlantic Books, 2002 (1952)
ISBN 9780099437024