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

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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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Paul Bryant
Oct 06, 2008 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2015 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
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
Mariel
Dec 13, 2012 Mariel rated it it was amazing
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
Ashley Lauren
Jul 08, 2009 Ashley Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jacob
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
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Rolls
Mar 07, 2007 Rolls rated it it was ok
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
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Joshb
Jun 17, 2008 Joshb rated it really liked it
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
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Annie
Sep 23, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it
I wish I could give this 4.5 or 4.8 or something like that. Doesn't matter carpenters. We shall not let ourselves get caught under the beam as pendants resembling penny counters, we shall rise above the fascism and rally.
4 is very dependable after all.
Teresa
Nov 13, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do que li de Salinger (quase tudo, que não é muito...) senti sempre que algo me escapou; talvez por isso este fascínio pelas suas escritas...

Este livro é composto de dois contos que complementam Franny e Zooey e Um Dia Perfeito Para o Peixe Banana (incluído em Nove Histórias), cujas personagens são a família Glass e os sete meninos prodígios, posteriores adultos angustiados e inquietantes...

A segunda história não é de boa leitura, por o narrador (Salinger?) se perder em divagações pouco interess
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M. Sarki
Nov 03, 2013 M. Sarki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious writers and poets
Shelves: 5-star-wonders
http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/6577883...

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
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Bruno
Jun 14, 2015 Bruno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salinger è forse l'unico autore che mi piace leggere a piccoli bocconi durante la giornata, nei momenti più svariati. Qualche pagina a colazione tra un sorso di caffè e l'altro, un paio di morsi per aprire l'appetito in attesa del pranzo (quando sono abbastanza fortunato da non dovermelo preparare da solo), nel divino relax postprandiale, durante l'immancabile lettura da salle de bain (nella speranza che il francese renda l'immagine meno disgustosa) e sgranocchiato in quell'arco di tempo incredi ...more
Susan
Jul 05, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: داریم
تا قبل از این که سیمور تقریبا غیرمستقیم وارد داستان بشود،کلافه شده بودم و حتی تو فکرم بود که بهش یک بدهم.هیچ اتفاق خاصی نمی افتاد و شخصیت ها همه تیپ های غلوشده ودوست نداشتنی ای بودند که خیلی بهترشان را صدجای دیگر دیدیم.اما از بعد آمدن سیمور...شخصیت سیمور دقیقا برعکس چیزی بود که تصور می کردم.آدمی نبود که الکی بگویند خاص است.سیمور یک آدم معمولی بود که چیزهایی که همه می بینیم را با عینک دیگری می دید.و اینقدر این دیدش قشنگ بود که خواننده را غافلگیر می کرد.
چهارستاره می دهم به سیمور و دید عجیبش.و بوبو
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Dan
May 24, 2008 Dan rated it really liked it
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
Sandra
Apr 27, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, usa
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
Majid M
Jul 11, 2014 Majid M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Andrew Smith
A game of two halves this one. If I were to score the stories individually, I'd give Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters 3 stars and I'd award 1 star to Seymour: An Introduction. So I've averaged it out to reach my overall rating.

The first story is a precursor to one of Salinger’s most famous short-stories (A Perfect Day for Bananafish) which I'd read recently in Nine Stories. It tells of the wedding day of Seymour, a member of the Glass family that features in much of Salinger’s output. I won'
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Stand By Me
Mar 06, 2016 Stand By Me rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sia Franny e Zooey sia Alzate l'architrave carpentieri e Seymour. Introduzione sono libri dotati di una grandissima umanità. Nella famiglia Glass “il sostenersi a vicenda” è la cosa più importante, sostenuta anche dallo straordinario legame che unisce i tra loro i fratelli. Questa grandiosa umanità emerge grazie all'enorme bravura di Salinger nel caratterizzare i personaggi che sembrano tutto tranne che di finzione.
In alzate l'architrave carpentieri Buddy si reca al matrimonio di suo fratello
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Maryam
Feb 06, 2015 Maryam added it
اغلب انسان ها مي دانند چطور اين شك گاه و بي گاه را كه دنيا اصلا جاي زندگي نيست
ناديده بگيرند يا سركوب كنند
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اما من هرگز نتوانسته ام اين شك را ناديده بگيرم
هرگز نتوانسته ام
هرگز.....
Alex
Jul 02, 2009 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Comprised of two novellas. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters is Salinger at his best. Seymour an Introduction is self-indulgently insufferable.
Eli
Sep 28, 2015 Eli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
به به دیگه.
Кремена Михайлова
2016

Щом дълго време ми стоя заседналата буца от това изречение, значи още и още ще чета това произведение всяка година.

„Всъщност най-същественото, което искам да кажа, е следното: откакто младоженецът слезе завинаги от сцената, аз не мога да намеря на негово място друг, комуто да се доверя в избора на кон.“

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2015

Обожавам „да си пъхам носа“ в работите на семейство Глас. Като реално съществуващи хора, които познавам, но искам още да науча за тях. А как обичам
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Jeff
Jan 27, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing
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
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Abeer
Jul 05, 2015 Abeer rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, america
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
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Guido
May 16, 2012 Guido rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stati-uniti
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
Miss Ravi
داستانهای پیوسته با شخصیتهای بعضاً آشنا رابطهی بهتر و سادهتری با خواننده برقرار میکنند برای همین اولین داستان این کتاب خیلی ملموس و آشنا ویژگیهای خوبش را مثل شخصیتپردازی و شیوه توصیف شخصیتهای غایب از طریق دیالوگ شخصیتهای حاضر به نمایش گذاشت. داستانی درباره خانوادهی گلس.

اما داستان دوم؛ پیشگفتار سیمور به طرز عجیبی با شیفتگی نویسنده نسبت به شخصیت سیمور آمیخته و تبدیل به ملغمهای از همهچیز به جز خط اصلی داستان شده بود. هرچند از ابتدا هم هیچ خطی وجود نداشت. وقتی درباره سیمور داستانهای خوبی وجود دارد ا
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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
Chista Rasouli
لحن، جملات معترضه و پرانتزها در داستان «سیمور: پیشگفتار» چنان به واقعنمایی داستان کمک کرده که آن اواسط به خودم آمدم که «سلینجر کو؟» فکر میکردم بادی گلسی آمریکایی، اینها را نوشته و سلینجر فقط کشف و منتشرشان کرده. و حقیقتا شخصیتپردازی سلینجر بهقدری قوی است که باورم شده کالفیلدها و گلسها واقعیاند؛ همانطور که خود سلینجر معتقد است.
بهترین توصیف دربارهی سیمور گلس و شش فرزند دیگر گلسها را در این کتاب خواندم: سیمور قدیس است و آن شش خواهر و برادر دیگرش، حواریون او.
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Julian
Mar 23, 2012 Julian rated it did not like it
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
Heather
May 12, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
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
Lnaz Izd
Jun 26, 2015 Lnaz Izd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel
How I loved this book. Wish I could take the characters out the pages, into my life, have them around, enjoy being there with them, watching them do whatever it is that they are supposed to do, enjoy watching them be who they are.

"Is it so bad that we sometimes sound like each other? The membrane is so thin between us. Is it so important for us to keep in mind which is whose?"
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