• "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"