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Seminary Boy Paperback – 2 Apr 2007
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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.’ 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
‘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.’ Spectator
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Seminary Boy is a book of tremendous warmth and humour which
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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 8 months 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 9 months ago by David W. Bisset
3/4 way through. I find this a very good read by a very good author.Published 14 months ago by Drew
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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 23 months ago by Phil B
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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