Raise High the Room Beam, Carpenters Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 1991
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Salinger attended a military academy in Pennsylvania and three colleges.
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At just a little over 50 pages you'll read it in an hour or so and I hope remember it like I do.
Both are fiction and both are about members of the Glass Family, primarily narrator Buddy and his dead and much revered elder brother Seymour. In both cases, the setting is mainly the upper reaches of Manhattan Island, New York City, where the Glass family were brought up. Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters tells us of what would have been Seymour's wedding day, had Seymour presented himself at the ceremony, which he did not. Buddy put himself to some trouble to be there, and afterwards endured an uncomfortable taxi ride with other guests whose sympathies were entirely with the apparently forsaken bride. He regained his dignity when his fellow passengers accepted his invitation to a conveniently located and blessedly air-conditioned apartment belonging to Seymour and himself. His faith in his elder brother and pride in all members of his family needed no restorative, however; of those he never suffered a moment's doubt.
The parallels between Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters and The Catcher in the Rye are clear and Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters makes as good follow-on reading to Catcher in the Rye as Salinger offers in any of his writing.
Seymour: An Introduction is less accessible and, although much previously unknown detail about Seymour and other members of the Glass Family is revealed, the story represents the point at which lovers of Catcher in the Rye looking for more of the same are likely to become permanently stuck.Read more ›
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Am re- reading Salinger who you can't get on Kindle, as always am finding him mysterious and wonderful!Published 18 months ago by A B Shawcross
so many turns of phrases that you'd want to use again, the humdrum becoming a page turner. brilliantPublished 22 months ago by Redmond6
For anyone with a love of Salinger, this collection of shorts is a wonderful insight into the man behind Catcher.Published on 19 May 2013 by Max
Raise High and Seymour both provide an insight into Salinger's falling-off from the great, high point of Catcher - and, arguably, some of the short stories. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2010 by Jim O'Donoghue