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 appalled by the complacency of certain Governments and pail ignorance and myths that still abounded. Sep 20, Mandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even Monette’s explanation, that Roger cannot be confined to the label of lover or the bourgeois labels of husband or partner, just seemed pretentious and counterintuitive. Pa One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.

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I was divorced, free and able to pause and finally able to listen to the lives of others and to hold my beautiful sisters and brothers and work alongside them. The award’s eight-member advisory committee includes Monette’s surviving partner, Winston Wilde and the writer Terry Wolverton.

Anyone who wants to know what it was like in the early days of the AIDS pandemic. 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.

There is still fear, denial and now much more complacency. Overall- if you are looking for a history of the epidemic told through memoir this is as good as it gets.

The writing was poignant and full of raw truth. But can’t we measure the spill? Writer Paul Monette’s first-person account of living through his lover Roger’s last nineteen months with AIDS, from diagnosis to deathtold in language that is poetic and highly articulate. Please combine these books. I was appalled to hear what people had gone through in the early days of the pandemic.

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Yet long after a reader forgets the medical and social details that filled their days, Monette’s images linger: 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.


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Paul Monette, on the other hand, was a profile in heroic courage. I was appalled by the numbers of people who had konette. It felt at odds with his objectives, of honoring Roger, of exposing AIDS for what it is, and for bolstering homosexual love. There is gratitude, gratitude that Roger and Borrowsd were able to find love and create family with each other, gratitude that they had the love of their families and friends, gratitude that these two beautiful men were able to live their lives to the fullest despite the fact that Aids cut both of them down in such an untimely way.

Some of this story makes me angry. The author is no longer with us but his words remain and his story remains. It’s a bit much for me but the writing was so obviously good.

This page was last edited moentte 19 Decemberat And whilst this sounds distant, or cold, he explains ‘friend’ so well, and so beautifully, that you can feel the love radiate whenever it’s used.

The author is now himself passed in it is amazing to have this account of one couple’s fight at a time when social services were non-existant a This is a hard read. Becoming a Man won the National Book Award for nonfiction, a historical moment in the history People seem to think the ‘war’ against AIDS is over, done and dusted.

What I like most is all that this book has stirred up in me. It is a privilege to read his words. 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.

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Borrowed Time

I’m not a very nice person. This book has substantial gaps in its political insight; it is primarily a story of the ravages AIDS wreaked on white rich gay men’s community in Los Angeles in the mids. This is a sobering portrait of the horrors of the disease, relegated to the back pages until it had reached pandemic proportions, and still allowed to run rampant by profit-driven pharmaceutical companies today.


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 trigge Borrowed Time was written almost 30 years ago, yet I’ve only just read it now.

This book was worth every heart-breaking sentence. Even though this is one man’s account of the suffering, he did an excellent job of describing the dichotomy of terror and “head in the sand” mentality that could be seen in the gay community and eventually on the national stage. More Active and Angry on the Way to the End”. Resistance was not considered, and because AZT had some dangerous side-effects, they were constantly taking him off the drug. He also wrote several novelizations of films.

It wasn’t until that I really began to understand and personally experience the devastation that is Aids. Retrieved December 1, 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.

It didn’t push away heterosexual readers or people who haven’t faced AIDS head on. They were the intelligent gays: Sorry, but I couldn’t finish this book – it was pages o What can I say about this book. The truest love story.

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. I thought about my answer for a minute before responding to my friend.

Jun 18, Skip rated it it was amazing. Monette was born in Lawrence, Massac Interviews: Views Read Edit View history.