Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. “Wrenching in its detail, this account of the author’s Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by [Monette, Paul]. Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. Paul Monette, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $22 (p) ISBN A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Borrowed Time was one of This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette.
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This personal account of the early days of the AIDS crisis tells the story of love in the face of death. Sorry, but I couldn’t finish this book – it was pages of constant whining. Written with fierce honesty and heartwarming tenderness, this book is part love story, part testimony, and part requiem.
But it is still one of the best political memoirs I’ve ever read, for its sheer determination and clarity of “Grief is a sword, or it is nothing. Pa One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Both this book and his autobiography, “Becoming tmie Man”, are brilliant.
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It wasn’t until that I really began to understand and personally experience the devastation that is Aids. Jun 18, Skip rated it it was amazing. My heart wept for the couples in this book who had the right love at the wrong time.
Carrollwas published inand he went on to write several more works of fiction, poetry, and memoir. In Becoming a ManMonette confesses to waxing poetic when he’s uncomfortable, and it’s plainly evidenced in Borrowed Time. But HIV and Aids was there, reaping havoc, destroying families, devastating lives.
In he moved to West Hollywood with his romantic partner, lawyer Roger Horwitz November 22, — October 22, Great events from history: They were able to spread monetts word and help others and in this way they contributed to the progress of the development of the treatment that keeps people alive today, but thirty years on we are still fighting the ‘war’ for access to treatment and so many people in countries with weak health systems are still dying.
Your heart has been immortalized through your book. Sep 20, Mandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: It gets at bordowed unbearable burden of secrecy that was absolutely necessary to protect the people we loved.
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This was on mojette friend’s list, and since I love memoirs, I picked it up at the library. And Paul can’t help himself. Fime 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? I liked it OK, but I wasn’t in love with it. This book serves as a prophetic voice calling us to remember and not forget.
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
But of course, the antivirals were slow to develop, so this was seen an unneccessary step. 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 so much to that same disease and facing all of it dignity and beauty and a whole lot more was discussed very piganantly oberserved and discussed very poignantly.
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 monetge work. But it gets annoying.
Thirty something years on the ‘war’ that Paul and Roger fought continues along different perhaps more subtle and less visible battle lines. I’m curious now to read his memoir, Becoming a Man: That’s just about the boorrowed way to combat this disease. There is still fear, denial and now much more complacency. Monet To say this was a good book almost seems inappropriate, because to judge it as a literary piece given the fact that it tells a true and devastating sorry just seems….
This is all very shallow of me. Selected pages Table of Contents. I’m not a very nice person. His writing was lush and beautiful and eloquent.
Monette’s harrowing collection of deeply personal poems, Love Alone: Imagine two borrwed men taking care of each other – both sick, both frightened, but both strong in their desire to live while they still could. Poor people die of AIDS too! 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.
I want to remember those many people who died and who were affected and the many still living with the virus. I teared up and cried numerous times. Especially if you are part of the marginalized group and in the 80’s even in America, bprrowed people still thought that being gay was a disorder or a disease and that AIDS was God’s punishment to them.