Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

An English writer now in his 60s recalls his wild boyhood and his experiences in "minor seminary," a secondary school for boys preparing to become Roman Catholic priests.Cornwell has written previously on religious matters (Breaking Faith: The Pope, the People, and the Fate of Catholicism, 2001, etc.), and here he follows a somewhat familiar itinerary on his spiritual/religious journey: As an ... Read full review

Review: Seminary Boy: A Memoir

Editorial Review - - Barbara Bamberger Scott

John Cornwell is an Englishman of Irish heritage who writes extensively on historical subjects, and in this case he has chosen to write his own history. Raised in ugly unrelieved poverty, John was torn between loyalty to his impish but mendacious, unreliable father and his grasping passiveaggressive mother. With five children, the couple was constantly stretched to keep mouths fed, and there was ... Read full review

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