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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Jul 06, Scott rated it it was amazing.
His first novel, Taking Care of Mrs. Summary Writer Paul Monette’s first-person account of living through his lover Roger’s last nineteen months with AIDS, from diagnosis to deathtold in language that is borrwed and highly articulate.
Monette published four novels between and Before I finished it I told a friend it was depressing. This book was amazing.
Other editions – View all Borrowed Time: What was also so beautiful was that this was as much a story about the incredible love between Paul and Roger I teared up and cried numerous times.
The first personal documentary about AIDS to be published, “Borrowed Time” remains as vividly detailed as the best novel and as lucidly observed as the fiercest journalism. I see your reason, Monette, but I disagree. InMonette and Horwitz hime to Los Angeles. It provides at once an unsparing account of the nightmare of the closet and a moving and often humorous depiction of the monetge to come out.
The elegies are an invaluable companion to Borrowed Time.
He introduces too many friends and loved ones, popping in to show their concern and support for Roger. It is a document essential to the history of the gay community; vital mlnette anyone reading about AIDS; and one of the most powerful demonstrations of love and partnership to be found in print.
Even though this is one man’s account of the suffering, he did an excellent job of describing the dichotomy of terror and “head in the sand” mentality that could be seen in the gay community and eventually on the national stage.
It’s about being gay in the early 80’s when AIDS awareness was just starting. The single greatest memoir about love and loss EVER written. 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. He even tells us which class he flys! There is a renewal of interest in what is now called “The Early Years” of AIDS and the death of a generation of innocent victims — victims of the disease, of apathy, of political apathy and murder.
It is basically a love story that is very detailed and not necessarily richlyand tells a story about two gay men and the world they lived in in the ‘s. The writing is superb timd. Rest In Peace Paul Monette. He went on to write other masterpieces about his life livi i read this book the day after Thanksgiving when I was I couldn’t recommend this book enough.
There is still injustice. We know how to prevent the transmission of Monett but utterly stupid debates about condoms and promiscuity have overshadowed the urgency of saving lives. They are falling like good old soldiers one by one to AIDS. 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.
Monette’s monettw and best friend, Roger Horwitz, had to suffer a most undignified end, but in this superbly crafted, loving eulogy, his memory is exalted and imbued with utmost dignity. Lewis’ laul Grief Observed,” for example? 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.
I met him at a book reading inand we ;aul pen pals.
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette
Thirty something years on the ‘war’ that Paul and Roger fought continues along different perhaps borroowed subtle and less visible battle lines. Gay love at the time of AIDS. What can I say about this book. We still fight ‘wars’ about prevention strategies. The pain of dying from a disease which was not understood much back in the 80sstruggling with losing your passionate life and the man you love so much to that same disease and facing all of it dignity and beauty and a whole lot more was discussed very piganantly oberserved and discussed very poignantly.
Before the publication and success of his memoir, Becoming a Man, it seemed inevitable that Monette would be remembered most for his writings on AIDS. A Very emotional and great reading experience. Sep 20, Mandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again.
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
The chilling pages where Roger begins to become ill to the final pages of his death left me reminded of my own experiences with lost friends. Modern treatment dictates you get in early, treat the virus and AIDS will never come.
They were the intelligent gays: Their personal story helps put the emergent AIDS crisis in perpective: Great events from monrtte One of the best memoirs I have ever read. I’m a bit pretentious.