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Levantad, carpinteros, la viga del tejado y Seymour: una introducción

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 2010 by Alianza Editorial (first published 1955)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
In retrospect it's a great shame The Carpenters missed their golden opportunity to release a single called "Raise High the Roof Beam". ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a panoramic awareness of the real face of the world first hits you, it’s paralyzing.

If you manage to find your footing again, it’s - more and more bearably - only a hard struggle; though it gets worse before it gets better. And if you find real, solid happiness in your life after all that, it’s the beginning of your journey’s end, and a Real Blessing - “a crown upon your life’s work.”

For Nature made supreme happiness our natural human goal.

This little review is only about Seymour, and not
Ahmad Sharabiani
Raise High the Roof Beam, J.D. Salinger

Like many of the other Glass family stories, Raise High is narrated by Buddy Glass, the second of the Glass brothers. It describes Buddy's visit on Army leave (during World War II, in 1942) to attend the wedding of his brother Seymour to Muriel and tells of the aftermath when Seymour fails to show. The events set the stage for Seymour's suicide in 1948.

Seymour is described through the eyes of Buddy and through those of the would-be wedding's attendants. I
I think that with this book I finished reading about the Glass family, and I’m not going to lie, that knowledge makes me want to go outside, lay on the ground, and wait for the earth to take me.

Or at the very least reread Franny and Zooey, and then reread Nine Stories, and then reread this, in an unending loop until eventually I get sick of them and then can go on with my life unemotionally.

(I don’t think I could ever get sick of them but it’s an optimistic thought.)

I would have loved these stor
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
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when i find myself in times of trouble...i read another book by j.d. salinger😔😉
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Ashley Lauren
Jul 08, 2009 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
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
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I'll never be able to be partial when it comes to Salinger - merely stopping myself from raving is hard enough. However, these two novellas constitute for me (and I'm sure I'm far from alone in this) a mystical experience: they're part of what, to me, defines holiness. It's not easy, this sort of writing, no matter how deceptively it mimics a stream-of-consciousness rant: I am convinced Salinger toiled over every single word, so as to create this rambling sort of mantra. Schubert can be li ...more
Apr 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If only you'd remember before ever you sit down to write that you've been a reader long before you were ever a writer

I loved Raise high the Roof Beam Carpenter's but found Seymour an Introduction a slog to get through but I later got used to it. I usually give books a 50% chance to hook me and if it hasn't by then, then it never will. On the whole three stars for the first story. It was quite amusing.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give me a story that just makes me unreasonably vigilant. Keep me up till five only because all your stars are out, and for no other reason .
M. Sarki
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
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.
Vinicius Castilho
I'd give the first part 5 stars, but the second part didn't really do it for me. The neverending stream of consciousness which seems to go nowhere, the constant 'meta-text' (always very self-deprecating) and the long descriptions of mundane events (and the not-thorough-enough descriptions of actual 'juicy' bits) made it a tough read for me. After reading "franny", "zooey" and "raise high the roofbeam, carpenters" I fell in love with the Glass family (and especially with Seymour, through the eyes ...more

I hope I am not boring you, my readers, with all these books from 1963. I am making great progress on the list by reading one a week and as of today have only four of the bestsellers left to read. Then I will be on to the award winners.

I have now read all of this infamous, controversial author's books. I suppose there will be unreleased stories being published over the coming years, but this one wraps up the stuff published while he lived. In fact, the two pieces here, long stories or novellas,
May 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second reading (over 50 years later) of this brilliant work by Salinger. Two stories about the Glass family that make the reader feel like he knows the family intimately. I know of no other writer who can say so much in so few words as Salinger. One of the best of the best writers of the 20th century.
Matthew Mousseau
I love Salinger. I enjoyed the first story in this collection ("Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters"), but I have yet to finish the second story ("Seymour: An Introduction"). I've tried many times, hoping one day to finish it - always in vain. It is simply one of the most unrelenting and unrewarding stories I have ever encountered.

In his review of Salinger's Franny and Zooey (referring specifically to the novella "Zooey"), John Updike wrote:

"Salinger loves the Glass family more than God love
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The two long short stories or novellas are night and day. Raise High The Roofbeam, is vintage Salinger. It's A Perfect Day for a Banafish and Franny and Zooey. He's able to take these strangers put them in car and make it work for 95 pages. The dialogue and social interactions are first rate.

Seymour is more difficult. Salinger has some stuff about not aiming and just shooting, or in this case writing. But I think he's trying to write bad on purpose. There are some great passages that are very s
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do you summarise someone's life after they die?
Short answer: you can't.
Long answer: you can, but you'll be doing it for the rest of yours.

While i was reading this (novella? collection? essay? montage? lecture?) I kept imagining Buddy sitting in his office writing his stories about his brother by frantically searching the room and finding little moments in paragraphs hidden under desk drawers, or between the pages of books, or under his chair. Each time he would find a new one, he'd pair it
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently I’ve now read every J.D. Salinger novel without realising it. I definitely think this is the best conclusion to Salinger’s work and the history of the Glass family.

I enjoyed Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters mostly because I like Salinger’s writing and Buddy’s monologue is always going to be interesting to me. However, it was Seymour - an Introduction that really got to me. As someone who is incredibly close with their sibling (after tumultuous and complex periods), I don’t see ho
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish

Raise High was decent. I couldn't get into Seymour to save my life. I HATE reading from the POV of a crazy person & whoever the narrator is, I assume its Seymour, is stark raving fruit loops. It's impossible to follow or understand & after a few pages, I took pity on my poor brain & gave up. So far I'm 2 for 2 in disliking J. D. Salinger's published work. I'm going to try his Nine Stories since I already own it. I highly suspect I won't enjoy or finish it either.
Scott (on temporary hiatus)
Raise High . . . was an amusing and interesting short story about a group of wedding guests interacting on a hot summer afternoon. It's a shame it was paired with Seymour, which was a long-winded, seemingly stream-of-consciousness bore that made me almost not want to finish the book. It was like being seated next to a stranger talking non-stop on an airline flight. ...more
I’ve been putting off reading this, my last Salinger, for too long. I just didn’t want to be finished with his books. The Glass Family is so complex and intriguing. The first novella is witty and brilliant and exactly what I hoped for. The second one is a rambling stream of consciousness, but gives much insight into brothers Seymour and Buddy. I’m a little hungover.
Shay Dawn
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pg, favorites, classics
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters is incredible. It's complex, it's marvelous. 7 out of 5 stars.

I read some things, and I feel a sort of pride in myself (Oh, I already write better than that author!) but if I ever need to learn my place, I can pick up Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters to remind myself that I still have a long way to go. Salinger can write at levels I'm not sure I'll ever achieve.

It's about strangers who get trapped together after a failed wedding, and it's interesting as
Sep 22, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
That memory of the time when you first read the words.

The moment after you last purchased books and find the time to be the same numerals as the cash value of your transaction, digits transposed.

The poetry served to cement the real in time.

The poet chose not to feel. This is forgivable. We learn to understand these sorts of choices slowly, or not at all.

The memory stands.

Your memory supersedes my superiority complex. Remember that the narrator's primary knowledge of the departed is pre-war. Tha
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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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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