Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters

And Seymour--an Introduction

Book - 1959
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The author writes: The two long pieces in this book originally came out in The New Yorker ? RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS in 1955, SEYMOUR ? An Introduction in 1959. Whatever their differences in mood or effect, they are both very much concerned with Seymour Glass, who is the main character in my still-uncompleted series about the Glass family. It struck me that they had better be collected together, if not deliberately paired off, in something of a hurry, if I mean them to avoid unduly or undesirably close contact with new material in the series. There is only my word for it, granted, but I have several new Glass stories coming along ? waxing, dilating ? each in its own way, but I suspect the less said about them, in mixed company, the better. Oddly, the joys and satisfactions of working on the Glass family peculiarly increase and deepen for me with the years. I can't say why, though. Not, at least, outside the casino proper of my fiction.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c1959.
ISBN: 9780316769570
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Seymour.


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Dec 30, 2010

The first three pages of Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters may be my favorite snippet of literature ever. Such a long trip around the block to come home to a single point that's close enough to kick you in the chest. No one I would send to look for horses in his stead. *Sigh*

(Forgive the misquote - haven't the book in front of me as I type.)

Dec 29, 2010

My favorite Salinger read.

Roof beam is entertaining but Seymour is Amazing.

Salinger really writes a 'Zen' story with Seymour. The writing is incredibly in the moment.

The story is narrated by a writer and its almost as if your looking over Salinger's shoulder as he writes it.

It is truly incredible.


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