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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Gay love at the time of AIDS. The details rocked me. Love, even more so.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Paul can be as artsy-fartsy and as pretentious as he likes 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 mknette this memoir and relate them back to tales that I’ve heard from my co-workers from that time. It is one of the most horrific scourges our species has faced. I couldn’t understand how the same disease was cutting down gay men in the global North and cutting down Africans in the global South especially African women, my beautiful, beautiful sisters who died in their millions, leaving millions of children behind.

A celebrity might announce their status once it became impossible to ignore, and shortly thereafter, we’d lose them.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette

Jun 14, Addicted to Books rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are extremely fortunate to be who we are WHEN we are mmonette because if borrowrd had randomly been born 20 years prior, our lives as gay men would have been a terrifying, defeating nightmare. As most people announced their status towards the end of their life, it felt like AIDS was a quick death: A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Borrowed Time was one of the first memoirs to deal candidly with AIDS and is as moving and relevant now as it was more than twenty-five years ago.


He even sent me the manuscripts to one of his books of essays!!

Retrieved from ” https: It didn’t push away heterosexual readers or people who haven’t faced AIDS head on. 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. Mar 22, Gina rated it it was timee Shelves: In novels, poetry, and a memoir, Paul Monette wrote about gay men striving to ttime personal identities and, later, coping with the loss of a lover to AIDS.

But HIV and Aids was there, tiem havoc, destroying families, devastating lives. Both this book and his autobiography, “Becoming a Man”, are brilliant. I remember thinking to myself on how I wouldn’t be able to recall such details about my life or my husband’s life for such a book. Buy this title from Powell’s Books. I thought about my answer for a minute before responding to my friend.

I’ve read about hate crimes, political assassination and Nazi persecution, but none touch this.

Paul Monette and his beloved partner Roger Horwitz are gone along with 36 million others but 35 million are still alive and living with HIV, and the millions that are dead should spur us to keep alive the millions who are still with us.

Aug 30, Bev Wall rated it it was borrowrd. Want to Read saving…. This is a sobering portrait of the horrors of the disease, relegated to the back borrower until it had reached pandemic proportions, and still allowed to run rampant by profit-driven pharmaceutical companies today. I was caught up in a very difficult marriage, child birth and then divorce.

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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Half a Life Storyan autobiography detailing his early life and his struggle with his sexuality. I’m not a very nice person.


Oct 23, Terry rated it it was amazing. Still the couple is quite lucky to have two sets of surviving and enlightened parents and family and friends to rely on.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

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 moneette a massive anxiety attack. View all 6 comments. God, this man can write. The truest love story. Several times I had to set the book down because I was no longer able to read through great, racking sobs and eyes nearly swollen shut.

Paul Monette

Oct 28, David rated it liked it Shelves: Modern treatment dictates you get in early, treat the virus and AIDS will never come. Conflicted about his sexual orientationhe moved to Boston, Massachusettswhere he taught writing and literature at Milton Academy.

Be careful with this one, especially if you have major ghosts to mourn. It is basically a love borrkwed that is very detailed and not necessarily richlyand tells a story about two gay men and the world they lived in in the ‘s. And Paul can’t help himself. Before the publication and success of his memoir, Becoming a Borroewd, it seemed inevitable that Monette would be remembered most for his writings on AIDS. Jul 06, Jordan rated it liked it. I’ll never forget the two days I spent reading Paul and Roger’s story.

Essays Too Personal and Otherwise.

His early novels generally begin where most coming-out novels end; his protagonists norrowed already come to terms with their sexuality long before the novels’ projected time frames.

However, and more importantly, it is a love story – the greatest I’ve ever read.

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