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Totally absorbing - Cornwell writes so well,
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This review is from: Seminary Boy (Hardcover)
This was absolutely riveting and I enjoyed sharing these moments of John Cornwell's life. Although not experiencing the same schooling within the junior seminary, my own experience of being taught by nuns and Christian Brothers during roughly the same time period evoked a Catholic childhood which has left its indelible stain. Cornwell draws you into his seminary life and this in itself must have been a tremendous catharsis. One is left wondering about the characters that were a formative part of Cornwell's experience and what might have happened to them after leaving the seminary at short notice. A Catholic upbringing helps to understand some of the spiritual aspects of Catholicism, but even from a pure autobiographical point of view, Cornwell has probably inadvertantly left a useful documentary of East End life after the War, which provides a balance between the rigours of seminary life with the even grimmer details of Catholic working class family life.