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With some of the bad reviews here I have to question if the reviewers even read the book. You can't understand the Glass family canon without reading these stories. Where much of Salinger's work appeals to the angsty younging- Catcher in the Rye the young adolescent and Zooey to the college student- these stories reflect a more mature piece of Salinger's work where the themes have moved from finding oneself in a seemingly phony world (for lack of a better word) to healing and inner beauty. Seymour: An Introduction is without a doubt Salinger's driest story, but at the risk of sounding pretentious I'll say that if you dislike these two stories and adore Franny and Zooey and Catcher in the Rye, that you've misunderstood where Salinger stands as a writer. Where the other two books were gimmicky this one in profound. It is certainly slower and enigmatic at times, but such is the nature of more mature literature.