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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Monette has a style that borroewd brings you into his life, and into his head. Monette on the cover of West of Yesterday, East of Summer.
P “What am I going to do without him? I know it’s hokey, but I felt I bought this from a search I ran on Amazon. And the memoir captured the fright of the early days of the AIDS pandemic. Fein February 12, Symptoms began with AIDS. Now we would learn to borrow time in earnest, day by day, making what brief stays we could against the downward spiral from which all our Even though I know now that the drug had turned on Roger, I still can’t understand how we could have had no warning.
A practice that drastically increases the chances of resistance. During the late 80’s I was a Shanti volunteer who provided practical in-home support to several clients–all of whom died, of course–so I didn’t completely hide my head in the sand, but reading about the Plague was a huge trigger and one I avoided in large doses to maintain my sanity during those horrific years.
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It put the much tme literary face to a disease that nobody wanted to hear or talked about then. It will break that grief open; it will rage through you and may break you apart.
It gets at the unbearable burden of secrecy that was absolutely necessary to protect the people we loved.
There is gratitude, gratitude that Roger and Paul were able to find love and create family with each other, gratitude that they had the love of their families and friends, gratitude that these two beautiful men were able to live their borroaed to the fullest despite the fact that Aids cut both of them down in such an untimely way. It is brorowed remarkable how little Monette focuses on his own HIV diagnosis; his slowly but surely failing health is montte mere afterthought when the love of his life is in danger.
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. University of Wisconsin Press. And this was true in some cases, but most people survived multiple rounds of infection.
The context couldn’t be more foreign to me- Gay intellectuals of ‘s West Hollywood. But again, the ignorance of the disease was terrifying. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
On Brink of Summer’s End http: In Becoming a ManMonette confesses to waxing poetic when he’s uncomfortable, and it’s plainly evidenced in Borrowed Time. We know how to prevent the transmission of HIV but utterly stupid debates about condoms and promiscuity have overshadowed the urgency of saving lives.
Jun 18, Skip rated it it was amazing. For so many, the AIDS crisis and epidemic has become a footnote in gay history. May 03, Colin rated it it was amazing. I wept, openly wept like my heart was being ripped out of my chest — as I read this. I cried a lot, but now I’m going to move on and try to celebrate the little victories. Great events from history: Jul 06, Scott rated it it was amazing. From a literary perspective, the mind reels at the loss of such an immensely talented writer as Paul Timf.
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette
I was caught up in a very difficult marriage, child birth and then divorce. Although I was a prolific reader, this was one subject I could only process in tiny bits, like moneyte short article in the gay press, but an entire book?
He introduces too many friends and loved ones, popping in to show their concern and support for Roger. Lewis’ “A Grief Observed,” for example?
Now years later responding to HIV and Aids is a major part of my life. This is a story that had opened my eyes to the horrors caused by AIDS. View all 7 comments. I want to remember those many people who died and who were affected and the many still living with the virus. At midnight Cesar would murmur about the guests who had settled in: The writing in Borrowed Time is spectacularly gorgeous. It makes me appreciate my life and all that is still possible in it.
In fact, that may have been — at the core — its most central message. That’s just about the best way to combat this disease. How can I not give this book 5 stars? He does not spare himself; his human frailty is on full view here, but he shows how his love for his friend redeems him, and makes it possible for him to rise above their difficulties.