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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There is a renewal of interest in what is now called “The Early Years” of AIDS and the death of a generation of innocent victims — victims of the disease, of apathy, of political apathy and murder.

Archived from the original on July 14, It seems to be an easy thing for memoirists to descend into either whining, boasting, or self-righteousness. It felt at odds with his objectives, of honoring Roger, of exposing AIDS for what it is, and for bolstering homosexual love.

Not that freedom alone will serve it up: These works are two of the most powerful accounts written about AIDS thus far. Several times I had to set the book down because I was no longer able to read through great, racking sobs and eyes nearly swollen shut. With this book, I was paralyzed with dread and could not tear my eyes away, and during the last chapters I literally wept.

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And Paul Monette’s skill to express this eloquent; there’s no other way to Borrowed Time begins with Paul Monette and his partner, Roger, reading about the impending AIDS crisis, and ends a few years later with the death of Roger. I realize that it could not have been even a fraction as difficult emotionally to read pauul it must have been for Monette to write.


The single greatest memoir about love and loss EVER written.

This was clearly the norm amongst gay men in the AIDS crisis. Return to Book Page. Before the publication and success of his memoir, Becoming a Man, it seemed inevitable that Monette would be remembered most for his writings on AIDS. Half a Life StoryMonette writes about homosexual issues to bring them out of the closet sorry, had to do it, ba dum chhhhh. Since very few out gay men have had the opportunity to address national issues in mainstream venues at any previous time in U.

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. It is easy to look back and lament over what should have been done but this book should serve as a reminder about what is still to be done.

AIDS epidemic, and Monette’s partner’s diagnosis, illness and death. I feel I have rambled, but can’t even begin to say what this book has meant to me. Two major motifs emerge in these novels: View all 7 comments. The award’s eight-member advisory committee includes Monette’s surviving partner, Winston Wilde and the writer Terry Wolverton.

Jul 01, Samer Lawand rated it it was amazing. One of the best memoirs I have ever read. It delves into what love, real love, is, and it taps into the tunnels of fear we all have on the subject of losing our partners. This book was worth every heart-breaking sentence. The context couldn’t be more foreign to me- Gay intellectuals of ‘s Sadly, Paul Monette’s experience and his own eventual death from HIV a few years later are reflected in the experiences of millions of us.

Having just come out of the closet post-Stonewall and the sexual revolution, men were crammed back in for fear of seclusion. The writing is superb though. I always believe that married or committed people should practice monogamy as it is part of their vows made in God’s presence. It was not over indulgent in the writing, which is so easy for a talented author to do in a memior.


Borrowed Time

This is a story that had opened my eyes to the horrors caused by AIDS. There are so many, that they seem to blur together into a veritable cyclone of homosexuals Hurricane Cher, if you willtouching down in the memoir sporadically, and distracting me. Rest In Peace Paul Monette.

This is my dream and I hope the words from the battle front, the words from Paul Monette will continue to give me the energy and courage to dream and to write, to speak and to pray and to act.

Although I escaped the virus, at that time I still didn’t know I was not personally at risk, and every small bruise or cough could trigger a massive anxiety attack. This book is hopeful, delicate, human. 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.

Sep 13, K. It put the much needed literary face to a disease that nobody wanted to hear or talked about then. Borrkwed Becoming a ManMonette confesses to waxing poetic when he’s uncomfortable, and it’s plainly evidenced in Borrowed Time. I’ll never forget the two days I spent reading Paul and Roger’s story.