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4.0 out of 5 stars
Blunt. Realistic. A Great Read., 1 May 2012
J.D. Salinger may be best known for his infamous novel 'The Catcher in the Rye' yet his prowess as a short story writer seems to have been forgotten which is quite a shame. Salinger's short stories provide quite a useful insight into a cynical, or at least a more realistic, look at the world instead of the fantasy and feel good books that are pumped into teenagers' heads at the moment like Twilight or some nonsense like that. If you want a good book, then get this.
'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction' were written separately in the mid to late 1950s and were published together in 1963, yet they are still as relevant today as they were then, giving realistic looks of America in the 1950s while criticising all those who made up the façade of a "happy" society. Through the use of intelligent characters Salinger provides a brilliant and witty look at the world which can make you laugh and think about the world you live in at the moment about whether your life reflects any the characters Salinger portrays.
Admittedly this book isn't for everyone. While 'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters' is a highly readable piece of writing, 'Seymour: An Introduction' can be seen as a bit dry and in comparison to some of his other short stories, which I also recommend you read, it is not as entertaining. However if you have read anything else written by Salinger then you will enjoy reading this and I definitely recommend that you do.