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Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters. Seymour: An Introduction

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Two novellas in one volume:
1. Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters
2. Seymour, An Introduction
Mass Market Paperback, 134 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Penguin Books Ltd (UK) (first published 1955)
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Paul Bryant
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
Mariel
Dec 13, 2012 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Joshb
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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Teresa
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Dan
May 24, 2008 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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
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Sandra
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
Maryam
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
Comprised of two novellas. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters is Salinger at his best. Seymour an Introduction is self-indulgently insufferable.
Jeff
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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Abbyjay
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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Julian
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
Guido
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
Heather
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
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
Elyse
I hope the first new 2015 Salinger release will be about "The Glass Family". If yes, I want to read this again first.
Zahra
A nose-dive into knowing more about Seymour : The very mysterious and leading member of Glass family.
Elli (The Bibliophile)
I thoroughly enjoyed both of the stories collected in this book! I especially found it interesting how different the tone was from one story to the next.

I had trouble getting into Seymour an Introduction at first, and it took me at least 30 pages to get used to the style, but I ended up really enjoying it!

I would recommend this book for those who have read J.D. Salinger before, especially those who are interested in the Glass family.

I'm sad that I've now completed all of J.D. Salinger's books,
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dara
Oct 06, 2009 dara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Adam
Part of the fun of reading Saligner’s short stories is piecing together the story of the Glass family. Rather than writing a single novel about the Glass family with a linear plot, told by a single narrator, he has split the story up into multiple ones, told at different times from different characters. This makes for more active and exciting reading.

"Raise High…" is hilarious. It’s the story of Buddy en route to his brother Seymour’s wedding. The plot moves faster than the plots of either Fran
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Rebecca
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
Kapuss
Otra maravilla de Salinger, y me refiero en concreto a la primera de las historias de este volumen. Me ha parecido uno de los relatos más bonitos que he leído jamás! Y después de esto poco más puedo decir. Está un poco en la línea de "Franny y Zooey", libro que leí no hace mucho y que me dejó maravillado. Es todo tan pequeño y anecdótico y al mismo tiempo tan inmenso!! Es esto posible? Y la presencia de Seymour, que no aparece físicamente en el relato, es tan intensa. Es el prota del cuento y só ...more
Marcia
a long time ago, my friend sent me this passage from raise high and it reminded me 1) why i love salinger and 2) why we are best friends.
"...Muriel loved the kitten and wanted me to love it. Even in the dark, I could sense that she felt the usual estrangement from me when I don't automatically love what she loves. Later, when we were having a drink at the station, she asked me if I didn't think that kitten was 'rather nice.' She doesn't use the word 'cute' any more. When did I ever frighten her
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Tatiana
Okay.

So i was on the subway coming home from work, reading 'nine stories', specifically 'esme', and i started thinking about what to say here. because i couldn't quite articulate what makes this stuff so good right after finish 'roofbeams', but then i went to a party friday and drunkenly tried (poorly) to explain it to one or two (probably 12) people.

and i'll try now, but i'm sure it's not going to be much better than friday.

part of it is obviously the glass family themselves. the fact that they
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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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