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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Borrowed Time traces this love story from start Go read this book. But the predominant emotion is one of dread. This is a hard read. Now years later responding to HIV and Aids is a major part of my life.

All these years after Paul and Roger passed away the battle is still being fought in different places and in different ways. I’m not a very nice person. I want to remember those many people who died and who were affected and the many still living with the virus. I took my time reading it and found myself very caught up in the lives of Monette and More Active and Angry on the Way to the End”.

This book was worth every heart-breaking sentence. I revel in the awareness it’s given me. 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. Beyond my bitching and moaning, however, Monette’s first memoir has proven to be just as moving as his later works, and leaves me excited to dive into his essays, Last Watch of the Night: I was appalled by the initial silence and condemnation of many churches.


It will break that grief open; it will rage through you and may break you apart. Total waste of precious lives. We even went on a gay cruise to Alaska last August.

I wept, openly wept like my heart was being ripped out of my chest — as I read this.

At midnight Cesar would murmur about the guests who had settled in: The writer also admits freely they were privileged to have connections to drugs and doctors and resources because of their obrrowed and their positions.

It wasn’t until that I really began to understand and personally experience the devastation that is Aids.

Love and rage, Monette’s got it down. A Biography of Paul Monette. It’s not that he’s a bit pretentious. I am grateful that they did not die alone and that they were able to gain access to the limited treatments available at the time. Paperbackpages. Lewis’ “A Grief Observed,” for example?

Jun 14, Addicted to Books rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paul Monette was obviously a gifted poet, narrator and archivist. This is a lyrical, heartbreaking and powerful look at one monwtte battle and one half’s eventual demise from AIDS as it was just coming into the national conscious.

That’s just about the best way to combat this disease. We know how to prevent monettd transmission mlnette HIV but utterly stupid debates about condoms and promiscuity have overshadowed the urgency of saving lives. I haven’t read anything like this before. View all 7 comments. The most unexpected twist of this fight was that the entire time, both Roger and Paul were optimistic that they would beat it.

We still fight ‘wars’ about prevention strategies. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They were able to access drug trials and push for treatment. It’s a bit much for me but the writing was so obviously good.


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Monette has his characters negotiate family relations, societal expectations, and personal desires in light of their decisions to lead lives as openly gay men. The problem here, and the only reason this book gets three stars, is a lingering cowardice.

Jul 27, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: A practice that drastically increases the chances of resistance. That was in the 80’s when this book came out. Rest In Peace Paul Monette. Despite what your views are on gays, and I’m certainlyas one reviewer stated, “not a worshiper of the gay couple” timw book is worth reading. View all 3 comments.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

He introduces too many friends and loved ones, popping in to show their concern and support for Roger. Be sure to have tissues handy, if not during the book, definitely at the end. 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. Their personal story helps put the emergent AIDS crisis in perpective: I haven’t read anything like borrowe before.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Thank God, folks are living mostly normal lives today. CarrollAfterlife and Halfway Home This was on a friend’s list, and since I love memoirs, I picked it up at the library. My office was heavily involved wit Not a book for the faint of heart.