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The Natural

The Natural
The Natural written by Bernard Malamud was a very well written book. I really am not a big fan of baseball but I did enjoy this novel. This book is about never giving up no matter how bad the situations gets. Roy Hobbs wanted to be the best baseball player that ever lived, who broke all the records, and when he went walking down the street he wanted people to say, “Hey that’s Roy Hobbs,the greatest player of all times.” He would have been excellent and could have played baseball for many years, but someone didn’t want that. He was shot and it injured him terribly. Hobbs finally made it back and was found by a scout and was sent to play for the worst team in the league. I like how Hobbs never gives up. He goes up against the corrupters, the seducers, and the glory destroyers. No one wanted to let Hobbs play because he was old, they thought he should be at the age to retire not to just begin. This book goes to show that you can do anything if you set your mind to it and if you want it bad enough. Hobbs proved everyone wrong. He was worst possible thing happened, he met a girl. He started getting distracted and it a effected his game. Hobbs let a woman mess with his head. When Hobbs would go up to bat, he usually hit a home run but when he met this woman, he started striking out. I guess you could say that she was bad luck. Well, he eventually made is mind get cleared and was back to his old self. Another reason why I liked this novel is because it kind of gives a love story rather than just specifically baseball. Before Hobbs left for the pro’ and got shot he was very much in love with this woman and wanted to marry he. Before he left he told her he would send for her, but things happened and he never did. Then finally she came back to him. When Hobbs was on his losing streak she stood up in the middle of a baseball game when Hobbs was pitching and just stared at him. He looked up and saw he and everything came together. My idea of the perfect novel is one that just is about love. The best part of this book in my opinion is the very end. Hobbs injury from the bullet wound didn’t heal right and the bullet was still inside him after sixteen years had gone by and by playing baseball he was making the wound worse. The doctors advised that if he continued to play that his stomach might burst and cause an instant death and there was nothing the doctors could do but tell him not to play. Do you think he gave up? No. Neither did I. If he had that would totally ruin the entire point of this book. Roy Hobbs ended his career as a American hero, born a winner with the whole dream going for him. He got the game he loves, the woman he thought he had lost, and fame. What a perfect ending to an excellent book. I believe that anyone that reads this book will get a change in heart and might start to look at things differently. If you read this novel and didn’t like it then there must he something wrong with you. The Natural is a book for anyone, it shows courage, strength, fame, and love. What more could you ask for in a book!


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