- Taschenbuch: 134 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin (4. März 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0241950465
- ISBN-13: 978-0241950463
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 0,9 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 784.277 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. März 2010
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
J.D. Salinger was born in 1919 and died in January 2010. 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. Salinger also wrote several novellas and short stories, including Franny and Zooey, For Esmé - With Love and Squalor, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction certainly do remind me of the Revelation description of the New Jerusalem. It's like nothing you've ever seen before and will leave you with a sense of astonishment.
When thinking about how to develop a character, most authors rely on what the character does and says (as J.D. Salinger did in his first famous story about Seymour Glass, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish"). More sophisticated authors learn to include internal dialogue to expand the reader's view, as James Joyce did so well in Ulysses.
But a real person exists also through the perceptions of those whose lives are influenced by the person's existence. J.D. Salinger employs two extreme versions of such perspectives in these two longer stories that were first published in The New Yorker.
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters brings Buddy Glass (Seymour's slightly younger brother) to New York for Seymour's wedding day. Right away, there's a problem: Seymour isn't in sight. Buddy finds himself attached to a part of the wedding party that doesn't realize he's the missing groom's brother. It's a bit like watching a tornado unfold at a distance and then noticing to your chagrin that the tornado is headed your way. Everyone will like this story. The surface story is compelling and easy to follow. Pay attention to the little things. There's lots of wonderful symbolism here.
When Seymour: An Introduction came out, many people didn't get it. Today, many still don't. Buddy Glass is ostensibly talking to the reader . . . but not really. It's more of an internal monologue with complete sentences and good spelling (Virginia Woolf's approach in Mrs. Dalloway) where we see two Glasses (Buddy and Seymour) reflecting and refracting one another from Buddy's perspective. Buddy characterizes what he's doing as a semi-diary with no dates. If that seems a bit claustrophobic, it is. Be sure to read all of J.D. Salinger's other works first so that you'll be more used to his writing style. The work is painstakingly gorgeous . . . and intriguing. You'll never think about perception in quite the same way again.
"Seymour once said that all we do our whole lives is go from one little piece of Holy Ground to the next. Is he never wrong?"
The latter work has lots of references to various spiritual perspectives, but it's certainly not a theological work . . . rather a view of life colored with spiritual insight. You may not agree with Salinger's spiritual perspective. Don't be surprised. I don't think many people do. Enjoy this as a work of astonishingly deliberate and effective character development, in which the character isn't present.
Masterful, Mr. Salinger . . . just masterful!
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