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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As a nurse who cared for AIDS patients during the 80s and at the height of the experience,too many times I saw Paul’s story in my patients and my friends.

To love is to stand a chance of losing. With acceptance speech by Monette. What can I say about this book. It put the much needed literary face to a disease that nobody wanted to hear or talked about then. He writes so beautifully and tells such a heartbreaking story — you will weep at both the beauty of his words and the loss of his friend and love.

They were able to access drug trials and push for treatment. Symptoms began with AIDS. The true story of human neglect due to ignorance and self indulgence in what does not impact us is truly sad. I was appalled by the numbers of people who had died. Jun 01, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But again, the ignorance of the disease was terrifying. Imagine two infected men taking care of each other – both sick, both frightened, but both strong in their desire to live while they still could.

Now years later responding to HIV and Aids is a major part of my life.


This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Half a Life Story. I am usually able to intellectualize what I am reading, to separate myself from the text and to pause when the going gets rough.

Since very few out gay men have had the opportunity to address national issues in mainstream venues at any previous time in U. One borrowwed the things that challenges me about this story is the way in which it has become in part my story, my People seem to think the ‘war’ against AIDS is over, done and dusted.

Travels in a Gay Nation: Hope had left us so unprepared. I couldn’t recommend this book enough. 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. But can’t w This book was worth every heart-breaking sentence. I am grateful that I had a chance to put my own shoulder to the wheel and join the millions of people who are pushing against the injustice that lies at the heart of the HIV and Aids pandemic but there is a big part of me that regrets not being there at horrowed beginning.

Quite simply, this one volume is the most emotionally devastating work I’ve ever read.

I was at Ground Zero of the Plague Years, San Francisco, and my coping mechanism at that time didn’t allow me to read books about the Plague. Monette breaks this silence, and does so with such honesty that you are transformed to the dark days of the crisis. View all 5 comments.

But here is where the AIDS story was very different to my expectations. It makes me angry at those who called it a “gay cancer” and thought it was God taking out the trash. The couple faces not only progressive physical degeneration Monette calls time with AIDS a “minefield” but also the agonizing issues of truthtelling with their families, friends gay and straight, and the world, in “the double closet of the war.


Still the bordowed is quite lucky to have two sets of surviving and enlightened parents and family and friends to rely on. Books by Paul Monette. Monette published four novels between and Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender events,p. Becoming a Man, however, focuses on the dilemmas of growing up gay. At midnight Cesar would murmur about the guests who had settled in: This is a hard read. He even sent monwtte the manuscripts to one of his books monettr essays!!

I haven’t read anything like this before. I see your reason, Monette, but I disagree. The context couldn’t be more foreign to me- Gay intellectuals tome ‘s West Hollywood.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Having just come out of the closet post-Stonewall and the sexual revolution, men were crammed back in for fear of seclusion. Jun 02, Sam rated it it was amazing. God, this man can write. Monette’s fime acclaimed book, Borrowed Time: In Becoming a ManMonette confesses to waxing poetic when he’s uncomfortable, and it’s plainly evidenced in Borrowed Time.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Not that freedom alone will serve it up: Your heart has been immortalized through your book. Mondtte expected this book to be a tragedy, with the major emotion being one of sadness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.