The Natural

Version: Unabridged
Author: Bernard Malamud
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Genres: Fantasy, Sports & Recreation, Literature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2012
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bernard Malamud's first novel is still one of the best ever written about baseball. His story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era is invested with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all his best work.

First published in 1952, this novel has since become an American classic. Five decades later, Alfred Kazin's comment still holds true: "Malamud has done something which-now that he has done it!-looks as if we have been waiting for it all our lives. He has really raised the whole passion and craziness and fanaticism of baseball as a popular spectacle to its ordained place in mythology."

Author Details

Author Details

Malamud, Bernard

Bernard Malamud (1914-86) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for "The Fixer," and the National Book Award for "The Magic Barrel, "a collection of stories. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.