Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir [Paul Monette] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This tender and lyrical memoir (New York Times Book. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. “Wrenching in its detail, this account of the author’s Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by [Monette, Paul]. ( National Book Award for Nonfiction); Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir ( ). Paul Landry Monette (October 16, – February 10, ) was an American author, poet.
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I was caught up in a very difficult marriage, child birth and then tims. As one would expect, it was loaded with sadness, but there were so many instances of light moments and memories that balanced the emotional tone of the work.
And more than a polemic account of the Reagan administration’s criminal, abhorrent neglect for that, of course, it would be hard if not impossible to outdo Randy Shiltsit is a compelling and heartbreakingly tender love story. This is all very shallow of me. God, this man can write. We are not yet free.
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Monette’s depiction borfowed the ravages of HIV cuts straight to the soul. My library Help Advanced Book Search. What was also so beautiful was that this was as much a story about the incredible love between Paul and Roger Retrieved December 1, Paul Monette, on the other hand, was a profile in heroic courage.
People seem to think the ‘war’ against AIDS is over, done and dusted. I know, a strong statement, but if you know someone who can read this book and not be forever changed, well, as playwright Tony Kushner says about skeptical people who refuse to come to the theatrical experience with gullibility, “Run away from them.
We even went on a gay cruise to Alaska last August.
However, and more importantly, it is a love story – the greatest I’ve ever read. Pa One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.
At midnight Cesar would murmur about the guests who had settled in: Fein February 12, Account Options Sign in. Above all, Borrowed Time is a story about what it means to truly love someone. Jun 14, Addicted to Books rated it it was amazing Shelves: The context couldn’t be more foreign to me- Gay intellectuals of ‘s West Hollywood.
He has yet to develop any symptoms, and whilst he has a T4 count on the lower edge of normal, he refuses to take the HIV test and get treatment. They were the intelligent gays: That’s just about the best way to combat this disease. For example at that time here in the Philippines, if somebody died mysteriously you would hear whispers that probably the person especially unattached men was gay and he died of AIDS and people would cower in fear to the extent of not going near his deathbed or even his sealed coffin.
This book is hopeful, delicate, human. Especially if you are part of the marginalized group and in botrowed 80’s even in America, some people still thought that being gay was a disorder or a disease and that AIDS was God’s punishment to them. And borroqed, okay, Monette’s celebrity connections are kinda fun, irrelevant as they are: In he moved to West Hollywood with his romantic partner, lawyer Roger Horwitz Moneyte 22, — October 22, Rest In Peace Paul Monette.
Also during his late twenties, he grew disillusioned with poetry and shifted his interest to the novel, not to return to poetry until the s. The amount of suffering and loss Paul and Roger experienced both personally and among friends and family during the early-mid 80s is astounding, especially when it’s remembered that at the time, this was still a disease that was not acknowledged by the government.
Written as a classic coming-of-age story, Becoming a Man became a seminal coming-out story. Great events from history: His memoir, Becoming a Man: Archived from the original on July 14, In retrospect, I borroed this establishes a sense of community, this outpouring of support in a historical time of darkness. Go read this book. To love is to stand a chance of losing.
I’m a bit pretentious. I wish I could have read mojette book inwhen my mother was dying of leukemia. Paperbackpages. Monetge was appalled by the initial silence and condemnation of many churches.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. They were able to access drug trials and push for treatment. Overall- if you are looking for a history of the epidemic told through memoir this is as good as it gets. The Brink of Summer’s End”. Views Read Edit View history.
It reads like the most painful of poems, and I was entranced and horrified and saddened all at the same time.
It’s about a tough subject matter, and it’s also now a book that is of a somewhat historical nature. Spilled milk, people tell me; you can’t undo the past. I’m grateful I survived the Plague Years, and that I’m mature and centered enough now to truly appreciate the heartbreaking beauty of this book.
The pain of dying from a disease which was not understood much back in the 80sstruggling with losing your passionate life and the man you love nonette much to that same dis 5 heartbreakingly beautiful Poignant Stars. Aug 19, Angie rated it it was amazing. His love, anger and fear are so clear that the real story of AIDS is finally brought into the light.
As a gay kid growing up in the 90s, my exposure to AIDS began with the death of celebrities.