"A brilliant and unusually fine novel."
"This fine audio production retains the flavor of the world of professional sports circa 1940 .Christopher Hurt's vaguely Midwestern voice is wonderfully matched to the characters [it] has the perfect combination of flatness and emotion common to the finest sports announcers. This production is essential for collections of serious American fiction and great baseball novels."
Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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 whichnow 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."
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