• A rich original of the first rank

    Saul Bellow
  • One of the best writers in the English language... His work embeds itself into one's consciousness and refuses to be dislodged

    Sunday Times
  • The Natural by Bernard Malamud shows the agony, destruction and pathos that come often with great sports talent

    Sid Waddell, sports commentator, Independent
  • This book established that we could have a serious adult baseball novel by playing with the parallels between mythical elements in the game and mythical elements in literature

    Chicago Tribune
  • Bernard Malamud's The Natural that still leads the field [for novels about baseball]. It is one of the landmarks of a period in US fiction when Jewish novelists dominated the scene with work of the highest ambition


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