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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1991
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Well, I'm afraid that if you've read any of the Glass family stories and don't care much for Seymour, then you had better avoid this two story collection. Salinger's work (including Catcher) is permeated with the loss of a brother who meant the world to his siblings. Every crease and crevice of his face was meaningful, every sigh and utterance. The way Seymour shot his marbles as a boy DOES have relevance, because his philosophy of not aiming (a variation on the Zen practice of archery) is one of the central themes of the stories.
Thus, if the appearance of aimlessness bothers you (the narrator of these two stories, Buddy, is a strong adherent-- so watch out), then you might want to stick to more conventional fiction. I found the entire five story cycle to be the one of most profound pieces of work I have ever come across, but then again-- Seymour isn't for everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These novellas were an amazing look into Seymour Glass through the eyes of his younger brother Buddy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Julia
The Glass family is my favorite family in 20th century American literature, and 'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters' does not disappoint. Highly recommend for any Salinger fan.Published 9 months ago by Elise W
First rate service by amazon. Raise High was a great story, Seymour not as good but worth a look.Published 10 months ago by sean malocca
Great writing and great book. It arrived as scheduled and in the condition advertised.Published 11 months ago by Ron Heard
J D Salinger's story telling is so colorful and as a reader you delve further and further into the Glass families world. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Isabella
Another reread. Raise High is a great story.WIth few changes in setting and preference for food and drink it could be occurring today. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christopher Junker