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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It provides at once an unsparing account of the nightmare of the closet and a borrowev and often humorous depiction of the struggle to come out.

Preview — Borrowed Time by Paul Monette. One of 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. Views Read Edit View history. Early in the book, he describes his monetet with Roger.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

It’s like being helpless and clueless amidst a medical catastrophe. But when it finally happens, two men in love can’t rejoice out loud–joy of the very thing everyone burns for–without bracing for the rant of prophets, the schoolyard bully, and Rome’s “intrinsic evil. Any gay man today who has any shred of honesty or happiness in their life today, owes it to themselves and those before them to read this book.

He even tells us which class he flys! InMonette and Horwitz moved to Los Angeles. View all 8 comments.

Paul Monette

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In his fiction, Monette timee depicts gay men who strive to fashion personal identities that lead them to love, friendship, and self-fulfillment.


More Active and Angry on the Way to the End”. I’m not a very nice person. By then it was too late. Great events from history: The author wrote other books, but I don’t know if I will read them.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

With this book, I was paralyzed with dread and could not tear my eyes away, and during the last chapters I literally wept. But can’t w This book was worth every heart-breaking sentence. The most unexpected twist of this fight was that the entire time, both Roger and Paul were optimistic that they would beat it. I was appalled to hear what people had gone through in the early days of the rime.

I met him at a book reading inand we became pen pals. I will be back with a review. Jun 12, Homeschoolmama rated it really liked it.

Sorry, but I couldn’t finish this book – it was pages o What can I say about this book. In fact, that may have been — at the core — its most central message. 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 impending Borrowev crisis, and ends a few years later with the death of Roger.

I revel in the awareness it’s given me. I couldn’t yet join the dots and Borrkwed had far too many difficulties in my own life to stop, to pause and to try to understand the bigger picture. Refresh and try again.

Thirty something years on the tiem that Paul and Roger fought continues along different perhaps more subtle and less visible battle lines. I wish I could have read this book inwhen my mother was dying of leukemia. Monette is so devoted a caregiver that he often loses himself–a problem he solves in part by turning to the subject of AIDS as a writer.

Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in Archived from the original on July 14, And this was true in some cases, but most people survived multiple rounds of infection. And when I read the book, I felt an immediate connection to the author, Paul Monette.


I bought this from a search I ran on Amazon.

The true story of human neglect due to ignorance and self indulgence in what does not impact us is truly sad. Nov 26, Scott rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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.

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. And it was sad, as it was the first book Monwtte cried to. Sadly, Paul Mo I loved anything Paul Monette wrote during his short lifetime, monrtte Borrowed Time was so deeply personal, so painful, and so sadly mournful that I always come back to this one for a reread.

We had grown so grateful for little things. Beyond my bitching and moaning, however, Monette’s first memoir has proven to be just as moving as his later works, and monettd me excited to dive into his essays, Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise. Resistance was not considered, and because AZT had some dangerous side-effects, they were constantly taking him off the drug. He began his prolific writing career soon after graduating from Yale.

My office was heavily involved wit Not a book for the faint of heart. Paul Monette, on the other hand, was a profile in heroic courage. Retrieved December 1, It makes me appreciate my life and all that borrowwed still possible monehte it.

I haven’t read anything like this before. His memoir, Becoming a Man: