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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour by J.D. Salinger
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Jul 05, 2009

really liked it
Read in July, 2009

It's an original collection of 2 short stories by JD Salinger. The first story tells of a twenty-something, Buddy, on the day his older brother, Seymour, is about to get married. Here you learn about the person of Buddy and hints of who Seymour really is as a person. The cast of characters are raw and remind you of people you've met before or feelings you've had before.
The second short story is less of a story with a plot or cast of characters, but more of a story about how a now forty-something year old Buddy has a frustrating time recounting the life of his older brother Seymour. By now, Buddy is determined to write down on paper who his epic hero, Seymour, was as a person. The problem is that Buddy is well older than Seymour was when he passed away. Therefore, he has a hard time describing him through a forty-year-old's mind, but instead reverts to viewing Seymour as he did as a kid. This story is a bit hard to understand because he weaves in and out of his own stream of consciousness and there are pop culture remarks from the 30s-50s that may be difficult for younger readers to pick up.
But all in all, an intelligent book with in interesting style of writing.

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