Seminary Boy Hardcover – 4 Sep 2006
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‘“Seminary Boy” is a complex story written with beautiful and brutal exactness…an intensely involving, carefully paced book by one of the most thoughtful and well-informed of Catholic writers. A story about the loss of faith and its eventual return, it has the hold of good fiction and the grip of sober truth.’ The Guardian
‘What makes it so gripping (and it is one of the most gripping memoirs I have read for years) is its incisive style.’ Sunday Times
'A fiercely honest account of a long-vanished world, which makes clear why Cornwell has become such a trenchant critic of the Catholic Church but also why he is still drawn to it so powerfully.' The Independent
'Richly satisfying…There is a sensitive intelligence at work in this book. Moving yet unsentimental, and stunning well written, it begs a sequel.' Daily Telegraph
‘Apart from its beautiful writing, what stamps “Seminary Boy“ as a classic story of growing up is the kaleidoscope of perspectives it offers on the mystery of being…Layer after layer of art and truth compete for your attention, and the ambiguities are intrinsic to the power of the writing.’ The Spectator
‘The true journey of a soul.’ Tobias Wolff
‘Subtle and balanced…Catholicism, beautifully evoked in this restless book, is not the usual pious paraphernalia but the stubborn persistence of its hold on the human imagination.’ Literary Review
‘(Recorded) in a brisk and forceful, sometimes staccato prose that drives his story forward.’ The Times
'Deserves a place along side David Lodges “How Far Can You Go?” as an affectionate but unblinking evocation of a unique era of English Catholicism, now in danger of beng forgotten.' The Tablet
‘One of the subtlest and most moving books on the father-son predicament that I have ever read – and I couldn’t recommend it more strongly.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Compulsive reading.’ Karen Armstrong, New Statesman
‘A compelling autobiography.' The Church Times
From the Publisher
Seminary Boy is a book of tremendous warmth and humour which
is destined to become a classic memoir of childhood.
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Top Customer Reviews
How did well-meaning people subject very young adolescents to such treatment!
Like John I was extremely devoted to what I believed was my "calling", but unlike him I was desperately unhappy, suffering terrible homesickness. This I "offered up" as part of the sacrifice to be made to become a priest.
Eventually I did end my seminary studies and like John became lukewarm about the Church.
After thirty years I resumed my studies for the priesthood in a rather different orientated church and am now practising as a (rather scarred) priest.
This is why I find his experiences such an true account of what so many youngsters were subjected to in their desire to serve God.
The only thing he does miss out on is the marvellous education, academically, that these institutions delivered to many who would never have made it to a grammar school.He benefited from that as have others who have ended up in quite exalted university positions.
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This beautifully written and compelling memoir gives a searingly honest portrait of life in a Catholic seminary where the author was sent at the age of 13. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maggie H
This is a moving account of life in a junior seminary with its trials and tribulations, and also its positive facets. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David W. Bisset
I'm glad that I read this book. It is a very personal account of a young boy's life in a seminary in the fifties, and I thought that it was very honest, and very moving. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Phil B
Exactly as described and quicker delivery than expectedPublished 23 months ago by Russell R Pariseau
Still wading through this; excellent reading, especially as my Grandfather attended Cotton College in his youth, therefore was able to get an insight into the layout of the... Read morePublished on 10 July 2014 by joanie
This book brought back so many memories of my own Catholic childhood in the fifties. It is beautifully written, without bitterness. I shall read more from this author.Published on 11 Jun. 2014 by Tin Lizzie
I read this in just two sittings. I have quite a few friends who are priests and sometimes I wonder just what makes them tick. Read morePublished on 25 April 2014 by JANE IRELAND