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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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. However, Borrowed Time is not just any memoir.

Travels in a Gay Nation: 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 the beginning.

Jun 14, Addicted to Books rated it it was amazing Shelves: Calling us to act in whatever way is possible for us and it has called me to keep acting and praying.

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

This book takes us away tlme the figures and statistics that are too big to comprehend, and shows us what happens to individual lives caught up in the tide of war against an invisible and insidious enemy. 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.

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Paul Monette

But it gets annoying. His love, anger and fear are so clear that the real story minette AIDS is finally brought into the light.

The story of the AIDS crisis was one of euphamism, lies and the closet. At midnight Cesar would murmur about the guests who had settled in: The author is no longer with us but his words remain and his story remains.

During a critique session, someone in my writing group asked me about my motivation for my novel-in-progress.

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Phillips Academy Yale University. And it was sad, as it was the first book I’ve cried to. Also during his late twenties, he grew disillusioned with poetry and shifted his interest to the novel, not to return to poetry until the s. Sadly, Paul Mo I loved anything Paul Monette wrote during his short lifetime, but Borrowed Time was so deeply personal, so painful, and so sadly mournful that I always come back to this one for a reread.

They were able to spread the word and help others and in this way they contributed to the progress of the development of the treatment that keeps people alive today, but thirty years on we are still fighting the ‘war’ for access to treatment and so many people in countries with weak health systems are still dying.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

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 monwtte tales that I’ve heard from my co-workers from that time. AIDS is a disease and we, regardless of our sexual preference, need to protect ourselves at all times.


I am usually able to intellectualize what I am reading, to separate myself from the text and to pause when the going gets rough. And the memoir captured the moonette of the early days of the AIDS pandemic. 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.

Buy this title from Powell’s Books. He went on to write other masterpieces about his life livi i read this book the day after Thanksgiving when I was This is a hard read. After coming out in his late twenties, he met Roger Horwitz, who was to be his lover for over twenty years.

There is still fear, denial and now much more complacency.

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But can’t w This book was worth every heart-breaking sentence. Jun 01, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t know how this book didn’t win tkme award the publishing world has to offer.

AIDS epidemic, and Monette’s partner’s diagnosis, illness and death. The story is about the 2 years that he suffered with AIDS before he died.