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No Stars for "Seymour: An Introduction"
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2017
I'm going to give this book only three stars because I think "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" is a great story, but "Seymour: An Introduction" is agony to read. "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" is written in a conventional style of a novella. It's an interesting story told by Buddy Glass about how his brother Seymour Glass did not show up at his wedding. Buddy ends up entertaining some of the wedding guests at the apartment that Buddy and Seymour share. John Updike considered this story as the best of the stories written about the Glass family, and I agree, but I also liked "Franny" and "Zooey." I would give "Seymour: An Introduction" no stars. It was hard to read this novella. It was basically a rambling lecture written by Buddy about his brother Seymour. It is infamous for its digressions. It was one of the last stories Salinger ever published. Eberhard Alsen (2002) writes "'Seymour-An Introduction' received more negative reviews than any of Salinger's previous work." If you are a Salinger scholar, these two stories express important themes in Salinger's writing. But if you plan to feel entertained, you will be disappointed when you read "Seymour: An Introduction."