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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  31,242 ratings  ·  1,019 reviews
The author writes: The two long pieces in this book originally came out in The New Yorker ? RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS in 1955, SEYMOUR ? An Introduction in 1959. Whatever their differences in mood or effect, they are both very much concerned with Seymour Glass, who is the main character in my still-uncompleted series about the Glass family. It struck me that the...more
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Published January 30th 2001 by Back Bay Books (first published January 1st 1955)
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In retrospect it's a great shame The Carpenters missed their golden opportunity to release a single called "Raise High the Roof Beam".
Paquita Maria Sanchez
It was with simultaneously satisfied and wistful closure that I shut this book. I guess I've now read all the Salinger in almost-chronological order. This book made me especially sad about that fact considering that I was very much aware of what was clearing away as I was vacuuming it up, yet I couldn't make myself sit with it and take it in as slowly as a long goodbye should warrant. Seymour Glass would not approve. Of course, it's likely that there are Salinger shorts out there that weren't pu...more
Dec 13, 2012 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: reciprocity is a pestilent compulsion to bear
Recommended to Mariel by: hold me suspended in a dream
"This is too grand to be said (so I’m just the man to say it), but I can’t be my brother’s brother for nothing, and I know – not always, but I know – there is no single thing I do that is more important than going into that awful Room 307. There isn’t one girl in there, including the Terrible Miss Zabel, who is not as much my sister as Boo Boo or Franny. They may shine with the misinformation of the ages, but they shine. This thought manages to stun me: There’s no place I’d really rather got rig...more
Mar 07, 2007 Rolls rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Salinger completists
Anyone who read my review of Salinger's "Nine Stories" knows I love this man's work to death. I've read and enjoyed "Catcher in the Rye" and "Franny and Zooey" a whole hell of a lot too. I picked this up with a heart filled with admiration and optimism. Well that optimism was dashed upon the rocks of Salinger's self-indulgence and apparent disregard for his readers.

This book compiles two short stories first published in the New Yorker and are the final two entries in Salinger's Glass family saga...more
October 2009

So basically, I’m waiting for Salinger to die.

I don’t mean that maliciously. Really. I bear no ill will towards the man, and I’d wish him a long and pleasant life as a hermit, full of good health and completely lacking in the company of stupid humans--except, well, he’s already had his. The old man is ninety, slowly doddering his way to ninety-one. Hasn’t published in decades. No one’s seen him in years; he doesn’t even yell at those durn kids to get off his lawn because then people...more
Ashley Lauren
There were times when I was reading this book that I wondered whether or not I should reconsider Salinger as my favorite author. I mean, these stories are all over the place... but then I realized why I love him so much. Salinger does not write "skim-worthy" sentences. I really feel like the depth of his writing cannot be grasped if a person is not reading them with the utmost concentration. His short stories (Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and others I have read) seem, more or less, usele...more
Salinger is very, very high on the sentimental favorites list, which makes this difficult to assess objectively - so let's start with the easy half of this two-novella collection.

Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters is wonderful, and while it occasionally dips a little too deeply into the preciousness well (the same well that Salinger comes oh-so-close to drowning in in Franny and Zooey), it works, and, if you've read A Perfect Day for Bananafish, serves as a pretty chilling prequel to the entir...more
M. Sarki
Nov 03, 2013 M. Sarki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious writers and poets
Shelves: 5-star-wonders

I hear myself out on the literary field of battle loudly cheering, and if you look hard enough you can see me flailing my arms as well. I have my own Davega to share. A gift to be given for the meek and serious among you. I am speaking to the seriously patient and long-suffering reader, and not instead to a citizen submissive or spineless in any way. I mean a searcher as I am; one looking for the hard truth and all its surprises.

The credentialed shine, bu...more
Majid M

اگر خوانواده ی گلس را نمیشناسید مرا با شما لاابالی ها کاری نیست. اگر خانواده ی گلس را میشناسید و سیمور، فرزند بزرگ خوانواده و سردمدار و مراد و شاخص آن را نمیشناسید، احتمالن از مشکل سندروم داون رنج میبرید و نیازی نیست من با ریویوی خود شما را دچار رنج و عذاب بیشتری کنم. همانگونه که از واو در عنوان کتاب پیداست، کتاب شامل دو داستان ِ "تیرهای سقف را بالا بگذارید نجاران" و “سیمور: پیشگفتار" است. خواننده ی سلینجر پیش تر با کاراکتر سیمور در داستان یک روز خوش برای موز ماهی (یکی از داستان کوتاه های سلینجر...more
May 24, 2008 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Salinger
For as long as I can remember, people have told me that this was the worst of the Salinger collection. His Godfather III if you will. Having read it, I'm not sure what the hell they were thinking. For me, I enjoyed these two stories immensely. Raise High is written in the style of Franny and Zooey, though from the perspective of a different brother (Buddy). Seymour is different. I don't want to characterize it in one form or another. As a piece of background, both stories revolve around the elde...more
Da tempo questo librino sostava nella mia libreria, acquistato sull’onda di un commento anobiano entusiasta e per la curiosità che il titolo mi aveva messo. Solo quando ho deciso di leggerlo ed ho sfogliato le prime pagine ho capito il significato del titolo: sono due racconti, uno intitolato “Alzate l’architrave, carpentieri” e l’altro è “Seymour. Introduzione”. Ho scoperto anche l’origine del titolo del primo racconto, consistente nei versi di un’ode di Saffo che così recita: “Alzate l’architr...more
Comprised of two novellas. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters is Salinger at his best. Seymour an Introduction is self-indulgently insufferable.
My story is a classic one. Boy reads book (Catcher in the Rye). Boy likes book. A lot. Boy decides to read everything author ever wrote, discovering that some of that happens to be a rambling, unfocused mess. I have now read everything that Salinger has ever published in the Glass family saga and am beyond glad to be done with the whole mess. Seymour: An Introduction, a novella that details narrator Buddy Glass's struggle to describe his deceased brother, is a story so bad that it makes me want...more
Today marks the one year anniversary of Salinger's death, and fittingly, though not purposefully, today I finished the final story of his that I had yet to read. That is to say, that he published. After reading "Seymour" I can't help but want to write long-winded parenthetical-laced (double worded singular nouns with impregnated hyphens) sentences that go on and on and force a reader to go back to the baptismal font to capture a glistening sliver of what the Hell I'm talking about.

Still, could t...more
I can never Really tell what makes a book, or an author, an immortal classic. I thought I did for a while but I clearly don't. I do know however, luckily enough, if I like a book, and almost always, why.
I read salinger's Franny and Zooey when I was 16 and was so, so compelled and only understood a mere estimated 35% of the reason why I loved it so much. I thought I loved it because it dealt with the struggles with the terrible ego associated with making art, and that was a very huge reason, but...more
Felice di avere ormai letto tutto ciò che di Salinger è stato pubblicato in Italia (almeno ufficialmente), e un po' malinconico per il medesimo motivo. Questo volume completa la serie di racconti sulla famiglia Glass, con precisi ed espliciti riferimenti ai "Nove racconti" e "Franny e Zooey". E' uno strano modo "polifonico" di entrare nella vita di una famiglia, ascoltando il punto di vista di ciascuno dei fratelli Glass in tempi e luoghi molto diversi, ed è difficile capire se Salinger intendes...more
Ilenia Zodiaco
Se riflettessimo su chi sia il nostro scrittore preferito, probabilmente ci limiteremmo ad un silenzio imbarazzato. Troppi nomi, troppi libri, troppi personaggi affastellati nella nostra testa da lettori. Eppure. Eppure. Eppure, miei cari. Se, come me adesso, vi ritrovaste intatti - non solo intatti ma anche, per così dire, accesi - dopo la lettura della più insopportabile, verbosa e straordinariamente prolissa baggianata che sia mai stata scritta (per i meno svegli: Seymour, un'introduzione), a...more
A nose-dive into knowing more about Seymour : The very mysterious and leading member of Glass family.
Oct 06, 2009 dara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The first story to anyone; the second story to no one.
I wish I could give this book two different ratings--obviously for the two drastically different stories. As it is I have to settle for subtracting a star from the 5-star rating I would have given this if it had been "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" alone.

From a sense of charity alone, I'd give "Seymour: An Introduction" one star. When other reviewers advise skipping it, they aren't kidding. Not only is "Seymour: An Introduction" a tedious, unpleasant read, but it's the pretentious sort th...more
Many times I have referred in conversation to the introductory pages of Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters. Our narrator Buddy Glass tells about the night little sister Franny wouldn't sleep. His brother Seymour, age 17, says, "I thought maybe I'd read something to her." Buddy, age 15, says, "She's ten months old, for God's sake." Seymour: "I know. They have ears. They can hear." Seymour proceeds to read to Franny a Taoist tale. "To this day," our narrator tells us, "Franny swears that she rem...more
As I may have mentioned before, for a long time I didn't care for Salinger. I feel a little like a tool for re-visiting him because he died, but oh well.

"Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" and "Seymour: An Introduction" both took me a while. They're the kind of stories that I feel like I read without really absorbing much, so I think I've missed a lot of important stuff in there. In the end, I think I preferred the latter. It's almost like Tristram Shandy (of which I read about 150 pages and...more
While Seymour did start to get a little old with the narrator, Buddy’s, description of his older suicided brother, Seymour, I love the tone, the voice, the undercurrent throughout. And what Salinger was trying to do: keep Buddy’s older role model brother young alive and still a model, someone who Buddy can continue learning from. In that way Buddy is able to deal (or not deal) with his grief. Or more accurately, he starts to reminisce and to grieve. We bear witness to this as writing about Seymo...more
Oct 10, 2008 Núria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: (antiguos) niños inadaptados
Siempre he querido ser una Glass. Siempre he querido ser uno de los hermanos Glass de las obras de J.D. Salinger. Es verdad que todos los hermanos Glass son unos niños prodigio egocéntricos, pedantes y repelentes, pero sería inútil negar que en realidad tengo más cosas en común con una familia así que con la mía propia. Si se tiene en cuenta que soy hija única de una familia trabajadora de clase baja para nada intelectual, se puede entender en parte mi fascinación por esta familia de ficción com...more
Странна комбинация са тези две повести или дълги разкази. Първият "По-горе билото, майстори" се оказа че вече съм чела. В този разказ Селинджър показва действително най-доброто от себе си - майсторско изграждане на образи, гмурване в обстановката до всеки дребен детайл, гънка на дреха, жега и задушен въздух, до такава степен, че читателят просто присъства там на място, той е участник в действието. Всичко е много интересно, неочаквано, държи в напрежение до края - какво ще се случи в крайна сметк...more
Повече за Селинджър от мен:

"По-горе билото, майстори" е първата от повестите за семейство Глас, която прочетох, четири или пет години, след като четох "Спасителят в ръжта". Сиймор ми е много любим и се вълнувам как на практика той не участва в собствената си история, понеже (с изключение на "Идеален ден за лов на рибка-бананка) тя винаги е разказвана в ретроспекция/от Бъди.
"Сиймор. Запознаване" задължително ще препрочета след време, май някои неща ми се и...more
I first encountered Salinger when I was about fourteen and we were given Catcher in the Rye to read at school. I was the right age to read the book and it had a profound effect on me. I read it again twenty years later and was underwhelmed. We’re now a further twenty years down the track so I thought I’d take another crack at Salinger, something different this time. The decision regarding what to go with was completely arbitrary; it could just have easily have been Franny and Zooey or Nine Stori...more
i've fallen in love with the glass family at last
The first story, Roof Beam, is highly solid and portrays the Glasses as lively as in Franny and Zooey with a shift in focus to the elder siblings. But Seymour: An Introduction is a grueling read and shows that Salinger is not so good at the technique of stream of consciousness. Most of the time I (and other people reading the novella simultaneously with me) was not able to follow -or even understand- what Buddy is referring to. These parts may become cleared with the publication of Salinger's un...more
Кремена Михайлова
Явно обичам „да си пъхам носа“ в семейство Глас. Като хора, които познавам, но искам още да науча за тях. Направо към клюкарстване клони… А как обичам техните писма и дневници… Такова обсебване от друг автор не си спомням. Всъщност преди около две години пак ми се случи нещо подобно – с един автор на име… Дж. Д. Селинджър.

Този път не успях да събера впечатленията си в 6-7-9 страници, а в доста двуцифрен брой. За да реша да не ги копирам тук засега и да си кажа: „Мирясай най-после, ум глупав!

Like so many other high school students, Salinger's the one who first got me "on to" novels in the way I read them now -- feverishly, single-mindedly -- so I can't account for why it's taken me more than a decade to revisit him. Every sentence in this is glistening and polished, but for all their exactness, the overall effect is one of subtle, self-deprecating comedy. The narrator's subject in both sections is his brother, who committed suicide at 31, but there's no trace of the sinister -- in f...more
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Jerome David Salinger was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980. Raised in Manhattan, Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school, and published several stories in the early 1940s before serving in World War II. In 1948 he publishe...more
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