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The Natural by Bernard Malamud

This story concerns the fall, rise and subsequent failure of Roy Hobbs, a star baseball hitter, whose career succumbs to corruption. The games - the crowd, the tension, the next shot - are described with great verve and excitement. The book, written in a spare clear style, is about much more than the game of baseball which it describes.
Bernard Malamud was born in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Natural by Bernard Malamud