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John Cornwell evokes a vanished time and way of life in this moving and, at times, troubling memoir of an adolescence spent in the isolated all-male world of the seminary.

Born into a destitute family with a dominating Irish-Catholic mother and an absconding father during World War II in London, John Cornwell's childhood was deeply dysfunctional. When he was thirteen years old he was sent to Cotton College, a remote seminary for boys in the West Midlands countryside. For the next five years Cornwell lived under an austere monastic regime as he wrestled with his emotional and spiritual demons. In the hothouse atmosphere of the seminary he strove to find stable, loving friendships among his fellows and fatherly support from the priests, one of whom proved to be a sexual predator.

The wild countryside around the seminary, the moving power of church ritual and music, and a charismatic priest enabled him to persevere. But while normal teenagers were being swept up by the rock 'n' roll era, Cornwell and his fellow seminarians continued to be emotionally and socially repressed. Secret romantic attachments between seminarians were not uncommon; on visits home they were overwhelmed by the powerful attractions of the emerging youth culture of the 1950s. But when they returned to Cotton College, the boys were once again governed by the age-old traditions and disciplines of seminary life. And like many young seminarians, Cornwell struggled with a natural adolescent rebelliousness, which in one crucial instance provoked a crisis that would eventually lead to his decision to abandon his dream of becoming a priest.

Written with tremendous warmth and humor, Seminary Boy is a truly unforgettable memoir and a penetrating glimpse into the hidden world of seminary life.

Review:

"Cornwell's well-crafted memoir is filled with vivid descriptions of people and places and a young boy's struggle to find himself." Library Journal

Review:

"Cornwell, who says he based his memoir on 'unaided personal recollections' (no diaries,etc.), remembers with remarkable clarity the daily events and conversations of a half-century ago. Capably written, but cynical readers may raise an occasional eyebrow." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Author John Cornwell recalls how, as a 13-year-old Catholic boy, he was sent to the seminary of Cotton Cottage, on the outskirts of the English city of Birmingham, in a chronicle that is a remarkable, though by turns disturbing and poignant, account of his years at Cotton Cottage.

About the Author

Cornwell is an award-winning journalist and senior research fellow at Cambridge University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385514866
Author:
Cornwell, John
Publisher:
Doubleday Religion
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
England
Subject:
Seminarians
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Publication Date:
20060613
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.4 x 6.2 x 1.3 in 1.3 lb

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"Review" by , "Cornwell's well-crafted memoir is filled with vivid descriptions of people and places and a young boy's struggle to find himself."
"Review" by , "Cornwell, who says he based his memoir on 'unaided personal recollections' (no diaries,etc.), remembers with remarkable clarity the daily events and conversations of a half-century ago. Capably written, but cynical readers may raise an occasional eyebrow."
"Synopsis" by , Author John Cornwell recalls how, as a 13-year-old Catholic boy, he was sent to the seminary of Cotton Cottage, on the outskirts of the English city of Birmingham, in a chronicle that is a remarkable, though by turns disturbing and poignant, account of his years at Cotton Cottage.
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