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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Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

I haven’t read anything like this before. Monette’s brother Robert served as the appointed Trustee until his death in Blind and stupid leaders, rotten in their hatred and complacency they are paralysed by their ideologies and fail to hear the cries and struggles of the millions of people in need.

Monette writes forthrightly and in detail about the horrors and challenges that filled his and Roger’s life together. Before I finished it I told a friend it was depressing.

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Especially those against gay marriage. Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in Jun 01, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is hopeful, delicate, human. Half a Life Storyan autobiography detailing his early life and his struggle with his sexuality.

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Borrowed Time

Early in the book, he describes his relationship with Roger. Buy this title from Powell’s Books.

Still the couple is quite lucky to have two sets of surviving and enlightened parents and family and friends to rely on. Monette’s most acclaimed book, Borrowed Time: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s an incredibly brave move, especially considering the turmoil it caused for Monette: Becoming a Man, however, focuses on the dilemmas of growing up gay. He began his prolific writing career soon after graduating from Yale.


I was in college during those years and being a medical technology student, we had to make ourselves familiar with what was going on regarding that vorrowed viral sickness that was said to come from monkey and seemed to have been targeting gay men. Other editions – View all Borrowed Monwtte He does not spare himself; his human frailty is on full view here, but he shows how his love for his friend redeems him, and makes it possible for him to rise above their difficulties.

Fiercely sorrowful, unsparingly angry. The true story of human neglect due to ignorance and self indulgence in what does not impact us is truly sad. Out of nowhere you go from light to dark, from winning to losing, go to sleep murmuring thanks and wake to an endless siren.

Paperbackpages. But the predominant emotion is one of dread. Dec 01, Timothy rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 26, Evan Pickett rated it bordowed was amazing. This is a lyrical, heartbreaking and borrowd look at one couple’s battle and one half’s eventual demise from AIDS as it was just coming into the national conscious. Thirty something years on the ‘war’ that Paul and Roger fought continues along different perhaps more subtle and less visible battle lines.

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 isn’t over yet. Quotes from Borrowed Time: It wasn’t until the mid-nineties that HIV and Aids began to hit my radar and even then it was something distant, something that I didn’t understand. And this was true in some cases, but most people survived multiple rounds of infection.


Be careful with this one, especially if you have major ghosts to mourn.

The details rocked me. Sep 20, Mandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again. Before the publication and success of his memoir, Becoming a Man, it seemed inevitable that Monette would be remembered most for his moneette on AIDS.

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. This was on a friend’s list, and since I love memoirs, I picked it up at the library.

But it gets annoying. Two major motifs emerge in these novels: And Paul can’t help himself.

The most unexpected twist of this fight was that the entire time, both Roger and Paul were optimistic that they would beat it.