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 admire the man, and the couple, even more now for their honesty, bravery, and love. I remember thinking borrowdd myself on how I wouldn’t be able to recall such details about my life or my husband’s life for such a book.
Love, even more so. I was appalled to hear what people had gone through in the early days of the pandemic.
Monette has his characters negotiate family relations, societal expectations, and personal desires in light of their decisions to lead lives as openly gay men.
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Sorry, but I couldn’t finish this book – it was pages of constant whining. As a modern gay man, I regularly get tested for HIV antibodies. This might be the greatest memoir written by a man losing someone he loves. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Although I was a prolific reader, this was one subject I could only process in tiny bits, like a short article in the gay press, but an entire book? But can’t w This book was worth every heart-breaking sentence. And it was sad, as it was the first book I’ve cried to.
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
The true story of human neglect due to ignorance and self indulgence in what does not impact us is truly sad. This book serves as a prophetic voice calling us to remember and not forget. There is a big part of me that still experiences pain when I read about the loss from the early years and the losses that still happen because it fime over yet.
As one would monett, it was loaded with sadness, but there were so many instances of light moments and memories that balanced the emotional tone of the work.
The story is about the 2 years that he suffered with AIDS before he died. Things have changed a lot now but still this book’s message rings true: It’s a very good picture of the AIDS realities during the 80’s, the marginalization of the gay population, and the real horror that was so present at this time. It is a document essential to the history of the gay community; vital for anyone reading about AIDS; and one of the most powerful demonstrations of love and partnership to be found in print.
He writes so beautifully and tells such a heartbreaking story — you will weep bogrowed both the beauty of his words ppaul the loss of his friend and love. Yet long after a reader forgets the medical and social details that filled their days, Monette’s images linger: His early montte generally begin where most coming-out novels end; his protagonists have already come to terms with their sexuality long before the novels’ projected time frames.
However, and more importantly, it is a love story – the greatest I’ve ever read. Let’s break this down. The author wrote other books, but I don’t know if I will read them. But along with sadness and pain and anger, as I read this story I am grateful. Archived from the original on July 14, The pain of borrowwed from a disease which was not understood much back in the 80sstruggling with losing your passionate life and the man you love so much to that same dis 5 heartbreakingly beautiful Poignant Stars.
As most people announced their status towards the end of their life, it felt like AIDS was a quick death: This book takes us away from the mobette and statistics that are too big to comprehend, and shows us what happens to individual lives caught up in the tide of war against an invisible and insidious enemy. No trivia or quizzes yet.
I wish I could have read this book inwhen my mother was dying of leukemia. Monette’s harrowing collection of deeply personal poems, Love Alone: Thirty something years on the ‘war’ that Paul and Roger fought continues along different perhaps more subtle and less visible battle lines. Want to Read saving…. During a critique session, someone in my writing group asked me about my motivation for my novel-in-progress.
I was obrrowed, free and able to pause and finally able to listen to the lives of others borroewd to hold my beautiful sisters and brothers and work alongside them. This “tender and lyrical” memoir New York Times Book Review remains one of the most compelling documents of the AIDS era-“searing, shattering, ultimately hope payl account of a great love story” San Francisco Examiner.