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Hapworth 16, 1924

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This novella in letter form was first published in The New Yorker in 1965. An almost superhumanly precocious Seymour Glass, age 7, writes home from camp, describing his life and already showing signs of being the sensitive outsider trapped in a world that can have no comprehension of who he is.
Published (first published June 19th 1965)
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Apr 16, 2015 Bruno rated it really liked it
Posso ufficialmente chiamare questo mese di aprile come ‘il mese di Salinger’. Giusto qualche giorno fa ho – finalmente! – letto Franny e Zooey e ieri, grazie ad un caro amico che mi ha gentilmente prestato la sua copia, ho letto anche I giovani, i tre racconti nuovi di zecca di J.D.Salinger; nuovi almeno per i lettori italiani. La bibliografia di Salinger si è adesso leggermente allargata per il pubblico del nostro paese. Fin qui tutto normale, finché non sono arrivato alla postfazione di Giorg ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
This novella is undeniably odd and probably only really worth reading for the real Salingerites (?) out there. The sense of unreality that hangs over it is more pervasive than in the other Glass family works; the others you might doubt, but probably won't disbelieve. All the same, it was fun for me, in the middle of a necessary Salinger-fest, and it does give great insight into the person of Seymour; he shapes so much of the family's later actions but the reader knows him personally almost not a ...more
Oct 07, 2015 لیلی rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
اصلا سلینجر نبود:| نثر ش ینی... و خب اگه نثر، نثر سلینجر نباشه، چی میمونه دیگه واقعا که بخواد جذاب باشه برا آدم؟:/
و خب از اییییییین حد تخیلی بودن ش هم اصلا خوشم نیومد و نتونستم باهاش ارتباط برقرار کنم و بفهمم که چرا مثن میخواسته بگه سیمور گلس تو هفت سالگی کتابای فلسفی و در جست و جوی زمان از دست رفته و آثار کامل تولستوی و اینا میخونده، و حتی خیلیاشو قبلا خونده بوده... که چی واقعا خب؟:/
کلا میشه گفت نفهمیدمش:))
Rana Heshmati
Jun 30, 2016 Rana Heshmati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: علاقه مندان به خانواده گلس
Recommended to Rana by: مریم جعفریان
کل این کتاب یک نامهی بلند بود.
میدانم که کتابهایی که نامه اند زیاد خوانده اید احتمالا. اما این متفاوت بود. چون فقط "یک" نامه بود و در یک روز نوشته شده بود.
و من نمیتوانم حال و احساس خودم رو نسبت به سلینجر عزیزم بیان کنم.
و حتی نمیفهمم که مریم چطوری همچین چیز باب علاقهای به من کادو داده!
داستان باز هم داستان خانوادهی گلس عزیز است...
لحنش با اینکه از زبان سیمور بود که قبلا هم چیزی ازش خوانده بودم، خیلی فاخر بود. و جالبی قضیه این جا بود که توی این کتاب فقط هفت سالش است. و وقتی آدم همهی این داستان هایی ک
Michael Palkowski
Jul 10, 2014 Michael Palkowski rated it did not like it
Salinger at his most aimless and Sisyphean. The extraneous detail adds little to the glass family's literary identity other than stressing their precocious dexterity to unbelievable lengths. The idea that a seven year old kid would write this letter home to his family from camp ruins the narrative before it can even begin to develop out of its embryonic state. Furthermore, the writing is dilapidated and stale; just steeped with unbelievable haughtiness. Salinger has no focus here, other than pus ...more
Dec 01, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I first read this in an anthology of Salinger's work while doing research for a term paper on the Glass family. It is a letter from camp written by seven year old Seymour Glass, main character of "A Perfect Day for Bananafish." After its appearance in The New Yorker in 1966, Salinger quietly disappeared and stopped publishing altogether.In 1996, a small publishing house in Virginia announced that it would reprint "Hapworth" but shortly before the books were to be shipped, Salinger changed his mi ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it
I am a big fan of Salinger's work and was delighted to read this long-lost addition to the Glass family saga that I think actually predates the published volumes. This story was original published in the New Yorker, taking up the entire issue (it's more of a novella than a short story). But it was never published anywhere else, lapsed into obscurity, and in the days before the internet, unless you happened to find a copy of the New Yorker or get it on microfilm, you were out of luck. Apparently ...more
Reza Mardani
Mar 13, 2015 Reza Mardani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
با این که سخت بود خوندنش ولی بسیار لذت بردم، درسته که کتاب٬ نامه سیمور گلس به خونوادشه ولی بیشتر حرفای دل خود سلینجره به نظر من٬ قسمتی که راجع به نویسنده ها و کتاب هاشون صحبت میکنه واقعا عالیه :)
نمیتونم بهش ستاره بدم. سیمورگلس برای من یه آدم ِدر عین خفن بودن، واقعی بود. ولی تو این کتاب غیرواقعی و افسانهای شده بود و این اذیتم میکرد.
Sourena Kazemi
Apr 02, 2012 Sourena Kazemi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
نمی دونم بخاطر ترجمش بود یا نوع نوشتش . . . تا آخرش اصلا جذب نشدم و فقط بخاطر سلینجر بودنش خوندمش . . .
Diana Gangan
Sep 11, 2014 Diana Gangan rated it it was amazing
I feel deeply moved by reading this book and even though the main concern of everyone in here is either can or cannot the young prodigious Seymour Glass be the author of this touching, intimate, spiritual letter, I don't consider this matter to be relevant at all. If Salinger considered the matter of credibility important, he would easily attributed this letter to an older alter-ego of Seymour but regardless of everything, he didn't. This too, has a meaning. It testifies our ability to transcend ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Trin rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, american-lit
Salinger’s famously un(re)published Glass family novella. (An excellent account of this great publishing disaster, recounted by the publisher, can be found here.) It has a tendency to suddenly reappear on, then disappear from, the internet; I myself got a copy in the most delightful black-market fashion. Having struck up a conversation with a customer about Salinger, who had recently died and who I was rather publicly mourning with a (pleasantly profitable) front counter display, we rolled aroun ...more
A m i r
Apr 05, 2014 A m i r rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
نامهی طولانی سیمور هفت ساله به لس و بسی و دوقلوها. چهطور سیمور اینقدر حرفهای گنده میزنه و پیشگوییهای عجیب میکنه اما تو ذوق نمیزنه؟ شاید واسه اینه که من عاشقشم. ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Niuosha rated it it was amazing
پسر 7 ساله ی معرکه
Jun 11, 2014 Sina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
چی بگه آدم؟ سلینجر کسی ئه که میتونه نصف کتابی رو به بازگویی علایق شخصی کاراکتراش اختصاص بده و توی خواننده جرئت هیچ اعتراضی به خودت نمیدی که هیچ، حظ هم میکنی. ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Martina rated it it was amazing
I wish seven-year-old Seymour Glass were around for me to talk to...
Dec 06, 2015 Violet rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Salinger fans only
Shelves: re-reads
Hapworth was Salinger's last public work, chiefly due to the terrible reception it received from literary critics who had formerly praised him. It is undoubtedly the worst thing he ever succeeded in publishing.

Rampant use of the word 'humorous' and a lack of any kind of verisimilitude whatsoever eclipse the presence of his typical quirky charm. It is proof that even geniuses need an editor, and that even geniuses can churn out something sub-par when they become too invested in their own opinion
Mike Mavilia
Mar 26, 2015 Mike Mavilia rated it really liked it
Hapworth is like an unpolished gem. Most people will stumble over it countless times, never giving it a second glance. But eventually someone sees its potential, picks it up, takes it home, and with the utmost care, begins the painstaking process of cleaning, polishing and sculpting it until its beauty shines brightly.

At face value, there isn't much to see in Hapworth. Its reward lies in understanding its function. This is neither a gripping tale, nor a self-contained piece. It's merely an exag
Jul 23, 2013 Kitchener rated it liked it
In the intellectual spirit of striving to find a common thread between this novella, the last of Salinger's published stories, and his previous works, namely, The Catcher in the Rye, it could be asserted that Holden Caulfield and Seymour Glass (in addition to, perhaps, the entire Glass clan) are working their way through a similar sphere of personal issues. And no, they are not necessarily and exclusively linked to adolescence, or childhood, in the case of the precocious Glass siblings.

These st
Gary Christensen
Jan 28, 2009 Gary Christensen rated it really liked it
Subsequent readings will surely increase my appreciation of this story. It's somewhat like a McSweeny's experience when taken from the original New Yorker of June 19, 1965. The advertisements alone are worth the trip. Some that stood out for me were "Nothing Improves the Taste of Water like Teacher's Scotch" and "The first thing that people think about when you mention Scandinavia is beautiful blonde women. So here's a picture of one". I think this copy adds to my appreciation of young Seymour, ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Chiara rated it liked it
Seymour e Buddy, i due figli maggiori della famiglia Glass, sono in un campeggio. Seymour approfitta di un infortunio che lo costringe a letto per scrivere una lunga, interminabile lettera ai genitori e ai fratelli rimasti a casa.
Dalle prime pagine pensavo si trattasse di un giovane ventenne con un carattere incredibilmente deciso e che aveva già capito come girava il mondo. Sono rimasta sconvolta quando ho scoperto che il mittente della lettera aveva appena otto anni.
Ok, per quanto geniale po
"خیلی نفرت انگیز است که همیشه قلب یا بدنت کار کوچکی انجام بدهند و گدایی ِ عکس العمل ِ متقابل افراد را بکنی. کاملا قانع شدم که اگر باد، کلاه آقای " الف " را وقتی خوش خوشک دارد توی خیابان قدم می زند، ببرد، این وظیفۀ دوستانۀ آقای " ب " است که آن را از روی زمین بردارد و بدون برانداز کردن صورت الف یا خیره شدن به آن برای دریافت تشکر،به او بدهد. خدایا، این توان را به من بده که دلتنگ خانوادۀ عزیزتر از جانم باشم، بدون این که آرزوی دلتنگی آن ها را برای خودم در عوض داشته باشم."
Mar 13, 2014 Lori rated it it was ok
Oh, J.D., this one makes me fear for your future writings. Self-serving, bloated, and quirky without being original, this "letter from camp" suffers from a lack of direction, editing, or self-discipline. One can only hope that Salinger paid a modicum of attention to some of the negative press and tightened up his style and delivery in future writings. Such a myopic piece from such a great writer--please let it be atypical of his later writing!
Tina Nazari
Sep 17, 2016 Tina Nazari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
احساس می کنم این کتاب باید فصل دومی می داشت که از قلم "بادی" نوشته شده باشد. شاید در مورد همان مهمانی که در یادداشت ابتدای کتاب به آن اشاره می کند، که شاید توجیهی برای خواندن این نامه کسالت آور به خواننده می داد. در غیر این صورت کتاب تنها متنی حوصله سربر از است که باعث می شود از سیمور گلس متنفر شوی!
خلاصه این که اگر طرفدار سلینجر هستید قبل از خواندن این کتاب حواستان باشد قرار است با کتابی متفاوت با آثار دیگر این نویسنده مواجه شوید.
May 17, 2012 Jimmie rated it liked it
Oh Seymour Glass, you were such a precocious child. This is essentially a 51 page, hand-written letter that 7-year-old Seymour Glass (who plays a part in the majority of Salinger's books and short stories no matter how big or small) wrote to his family while he and his little brother were away at camp.

It's really tough to keep in mind that this was all supposed to have been written by a 7-year-ol. (Genius or not this kid uses more SAT words than an SAT-specific dictionary.) He goes off on all t
Sep 19, 2013 dcrowe2 rated it liked it
phew...even after signing off, the young Seymour Glass couldn't resist adding a post-script to his ridiculously long and precocious letter. Was hoping that Buddy would have concluded his transcription of Seymour's letter with a more detailed reference to the party, or more precisely, to why he felt it to be a small but significant point in interpreting the letter. Despite Buddy's assurance that he transcribed Seymour's letter exactly word for word, coma for coma, Seymour's prophecy of Buddy's fu ...more
Sep 07, 2013 Salvatore rated it liked it
Available only on the New Yorker archive site. Between chores (laundry) and breadmaking (white) I read this epically long story. The word 'precocious' was invented for the Glass family, particularly Seymour, who writes this letter-turned-story. Some great observations, though a tad unbelievable that a seven-year-old would write in such a way (especially the listing of the desired books he wants sent up to camp). But hey, Salinger got me to read it and like it.

'[T]here is always a slight, magnifi
Jul 02, 2015 Abby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-2015
How does Salinger do this? This was just a letter from Seymour to the Glass parents, yet I was entirely engrossed throughout and satisfied at the end.
Morris Arvoy
Jul 16, 2015 Morris Arvoy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Morris by: Tim Retzloff
The copy I own is a well worn bootleg Xerox of the New Yorker pages passed to me by Tim Retzloff so many years ago.
Nov 06, 2015 Sheri-lee rated it it was ok
It just feels overdone. It feels like J.D. Salinger trying to be J.D. Salinger.
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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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