Book Review of
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
I read this book for a report I was doing for my Intro to Lit class. This book was helpful to me because I was doing an analysis of the story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish.” Seymour an Introduction helps give a deeper view about Seymour and his life, which I need to read to analyze the story better. I would not say that this was one of my favorite books, but it was interesting in that it had a lot of information and ideas about Seymour Glass and his life. If you love J. D. Salinger’s works though, this may be a book for you to check out.