Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
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... show more
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.
Publish date: January 30th 2001
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
I wanted to read this book since I finished Franny and Zooey and fell in love with the Glass family. Without a doubt, Salinger is one of my favorite writers, the way narration just flows and just catches you is so simple and yet so perfect . In this book we get to know more about Seymour Glass thr...
I am reading this again for the second time. I was quite a bit younger the first time through, had never been to NYC, and was still pretty dumb about things. I am wiser now, have made plenty of mistakes, been to NYC over twenty times, know the city quite well, and know I made a mistake in my previou...
Mixed feelings for the moment. "Raise High..." is lighter and it tells the story of Buddy going on a three-day permit to NY to attend Seymour's wedding (which eventually doesn't take place because he's too happy to get married). The few characters involved in the story (4-5) are exquisitely portraye...
Keep me up until five only because all your stars are out, and for no other reason. ...do you know what you will be asked when you died?...you'll get asked only two questions. Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out?