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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Brave as it is, Monette seems to go to great lengths to hide behind extraneous details, and so buries the emotions of his most tumultuous experiences. It is stunning, harrowing, by turns lyrical and unbearable, and absolutely unforgettable.
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. Jul 27, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: During a critique session, someone in my writing group asked me about my motivation for my novel-in-progress.
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
There is still injustice. Trivia About Borrowed Time: Monette breaks this silence, and does so with such honesty that you are transformed to the dark days of the crisis. But it gets annoying.
May 10, Celeste rated it it was amazing Shelves: The context couldn’t be more foreign to me- Gay intellectuals of ‘s Having just come out of the closet post-Stonewall monefte the sexual revolution, men were crammed back in for fear of seclusion.
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
These works are two of the most powerful accounts written about AIDS thus far. In equal parts, it is a supremely moving love story and a chronicle of the deep commitment and devotion that Paul Monette felt for Roger Horwitz from the night of their first meeting in Boston in the mids to Roger’s diagnosis a decade later and through pau last two years of his life, when fighting the disease together became a full-time occupation.
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. My only complaints about this book was the borrwoed of detail about things like what they were reading and the smart-snobery of the couple-but that is just a matter of my taste, and really also helps flesh out who they were- intellectuals, educated at harvard and yale, and living in a insular world they had created with intelligent and creative friends.
Symptoms began with AIDS. One other teensy-weensy point of contention: Monette is so devoted a caregiver that he often loses himself–a problem he solves in part by turning to borowed subject of AIDS as a writer. Living with AIDS feels akin to living on the moon, Paul writes, and that metaphor — along with the symbolism of light and dark — shows up frequently in Borrowed Time.
It is one of the most horrific scourges our species has faced. Jul 26, Evan Pickett rated it it was amazing. He himself died of AIDS-related complications in Paul Monette, author of the the award winning memoir “Becoming a Man: A Biography of Paul Monette. The writing in Borrowed Time is spectacularly gorgeous. 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 bodrowed AIDS crisis, and ends a few years later with the death of Roger.
Monette on the cover of West of Yesterday, East of Summer.
His words awaken an ever deepening thirst in me for justice and a desire that everyone may have abundant life and not be excluded because they are positive, or gay or female or African. It is a privilege to read his words. Be sure to have tissues handy, if not during the book, definitely at the end. My office was heavily involved with reporting of the first AIDS cases though I was only a child when all this was happeningso it was interesting to read the stories presented in this memoir and relate them back to tales that I’ve heard from my co-workers from that time.
Apr 29, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Retrieved from ” https: Regardless of your own perceptions of the AIDS experience, this book is not to be missed if you want to know how it really was during a decade when there was no hope.
Hope had left us so unprepared. It makes me appreciate my life and all that is still possible in it. His love, anger and fear are so clear that the real story of AIDS is finally brought into the light. Jan 22, Sascha rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Timr the predominant emotion is one of dread. Becoming pau, Man won the National Book Award for nonfiction, a historical moment in the history Monette’s finest novel, Afterlife, combines the elements of traditional comedy and the resistance novel; it is the first gay novel written about AIDS that fuses personal love interests with political activism.
Selected pages Title Page. Nov 26, Ivan borroewd it it was amazing. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Yale University, he moved with his partner Roger Horwitz to Los Angeles in and became involved in the gay rights movement. Lawrence, MassachusettsUnited States.