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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction

By J. D. Salinger
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J. D. Salinger digital book - Fable

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The last book-length work of fiction by J. D. Salinger published in his lifetime collects two novellas about "one of the liveliest, funniest, most fully realized families in all fiction" (New York Times).


These two novellas, set seventeen years apart, are both concerned with Seymour Glass--the eldest son of J. D. Salinger's fictional Glass family--as recalled by his closest brother, Buddy.


"He was a great many things to a great many people while he lived, and virtually all things to his brothers and sisters in our somewhat outsized family. Surely he was all real things to us: our blue-striped unicorn, our double-lensed burning glass, our consultant genius, our portable conscience, our supercargo, and our one full poet..."

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“Not perfect novellas by any means, and by today’s standards, not even remarkable, but captivating nevertheless. Salinger simply has a voice I could sit in forever—endlessly introspective, engrossed in sibling love, and hilarious in his acute awareness of human idiosyncrasies. Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters is a novella made for people who are wallflowers and prefer to analyze others from the sidelines. It has everything to do with sibling loyalty. Seymour—An Introduction is not for everyone but is a stream of consciousness rambling and recollection of an elder brother who gave his younger brother all the inspiration he needed to excel in life. J.D. Salinger reminds me that if you think something’s important enough to write about, it is. But as he illustrated in a marbles game, don’t get too excited about others liking it, because that would mean you didn’t expect success.”
“J.D. Salinger is one of the only authors who legitimately makes me laugh out loud. The way he writes and his dialogue creates such a clear picture of the scene he's conveying. I love him!”

About J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger was born in New York City on January 1, 1919, and died in Cornish, New Hampshire, on January 27, 2010. His stories appeared in many magazines, most notably The New Yorker. Between 1951 and 1963 he produced four book-length works of fiction: The Catcher in the Rye; Nine Stories; Franny and Zooey; and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour--An Introduction. The books have been embraced and celebrated throughout the world and have been credited with instilling in many a lifelong love of reading.

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