My Review: “The Natural” by Bernard Malamud

The NaturalThe Natural by Bernard Malamud
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Obviously having seen the classic movie many times, I read Bernard Malamud’s “The Natural” for insight into the character Roy Hobbs – what went on in his head, his struggles and victories.

Without giving away any spoilers, the book and the movie are worlds apart. The movie was Hollywood-ized and made for golden boy Robert Redford. The book is like life: harsh, brutal and tragic.

The Roy Hobbs of the book is no Redford; he is a human being. The book tells often of his anguishes, jealosy and frequent sexual impulses.

The changes made to the movie are what make the movie amazing.

The book, while drastically different, still offers a realistic perspective; sort of an “alternate ending” as it were, for those of us now immersed in the culture of DVD extras.

But the backbone of “The Natural”, whether in print or cinematically, is the talent of a man who is cut down at his apex by a maniac and battles back to prominence after years of floundering.

Seeing it all from this perspective completes the puzzle.

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About cvheady007

I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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