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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction

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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction

By J. D. Salinger

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Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 February 2010
A haunting and deeply personal portrait of family tragedy from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the RyeBuddy Glass is the second-eldest son in the eccentric and enchanting Glass family. He is on leave from the army during World War II, attending the wedding of his eldest brother, Seymour. But the wedding is not a happy one: it is overcast by a sense of strange suspense. Perhaps everyone is aware, on some level, of what is to come. And in the years after the tragedy, Buddy is haunted by memories of Seymour, turning over in his mind everything that came to pass with his deeply complex and unhappy older brother.With painful tenderness and great subtlety, Salinger unfolds a story of family tragedy from the point of view of one character - Buddy - who has long been suspected to be a portrait of the author himself.

About the Author

J D Salinger was born in 1919. He grew up in New York City, and wrote short stories from an early age, but his breakthrough came in 1948 with the publication in The New Yorker of 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish'. The Catcher in the Rye was his first and only novel, published in 1951. It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies. It was followed by three other books of short stories and novellas, the most recent of which was published in 1963. He lives in Cornish, New Hampshire.

EAN: 9780241950463
ISBN: 0241950465
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.9 centimetres (0.12 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters' is narrated by Buddy Glass and is his recollection of his brother Seymour's wedding. 'Seymour: An Introductions' is Buddy's attempt to explain Seymour to the reader by recounting various memories, mostly from their childhood and adolesence. Both are written in Salingers distinctive style. They are both verbose especially 'Seymour'. If you are a fan of Salinger, particulary any of his other works about the Glass family, then this is a must read. It is not always easy to read especially the second so make sure you have the time to be able to really focus. It is still worthwhile because it is a good book and it gives great insight into the Glass family.

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