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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This is a hard read. Perhaps the most poignant, soul-stirring, achingly beautiful piece of writing I have read. I met him at a book reading inand we became pen pals. 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 jonette. Please combine these books.

The New York Times. My only complaints about this book was the level of detail about things like what they were reading and the smart-snobery of the couple-but that is just a matter of my taste, and really also helps flesh out who they were- intellectuals, educated at harvard and yale, and living in a insular borrpwed they had created with intelligent and creative friends.

This is not a book about death but a book about living while dying and the full range of emotions provoked by that transition — sorrow, fear, anger, among them.

Borrowed Time

It shows a love so deep in a time of utter crisis and chaos. The single greatest memoir tmie love and loss EVER written. Account Options Sign in. It is easy to look back and lament over what should have been done but this book should serve as a reminder about what is still to be done.

Account Options Sign in. I did research into HIV services in London and I had the privilege of meeting many people living with HIV and the sterling organisations working borrowed prevention, treatment and seeking to address HIV related stigma and discrimination.


Monette’s finest novel, Afterlife, combines the elements of traditional comedy and the resistance novel; it is the first gay novel written about AIDS that fuses personal love interests with political activism.

Regardless of your own perceptions of the AIDS experience, this book is not to be missed if you want to know how it really was during a decade when there was no hope. Total waste of precious lives. He went on to write other masterpieces about his life livi i read this book the day after Thanksgiving when I was Not that freedom alone will serve it up: And more than a polemic account of the Reagan administration’s criminal, abhorrent neglect for that, of course, it would be hard if not impossible to outdo Randy Shiltsit is a compelling and heartbreakingly tender love story.

But again, the ignorance of the disease was terrifying. At a time when the medical community was just beginning to understand this mysterious and virulent disease, Monette and others like him were coming to terms with unfathomable loss. CarrollAfterlife and Halfway Home Some years leave a dent in the bark of your soul. The writing is superb though. He introduces too many friends and loved ones, popping in to show their concern and support for Roger.

In his fiction, Monette unabashedly depicts gay men who strive to fashion personal identities that lead them to love, friendship, and self-fulfillment. 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. Imagine two infected men taking care of each other – borrowedd sick, both frightened, but both strong in their desire bofrowed live while they still could.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir – Paul Monette – Google Books

His writing was lush and beautiful and eloquent. 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.


They were the intelligent gays: Blind and stupid leaders, rotten in their hatred and complacency they are paralysed by their ideologies and fail to hear the cries and struggles of the millions of people in need. It seems to be an easy thing for memoirists to descend into either whining, boasting, or self-righteousness. 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 poetic and highly articulate.

With this book, I was paralyzed with dread and could not tear my eyes away, and during the last chapters I literally wept. With acceptance speech by Monette. Quotes from Borrowed Time: There are so many, that they seem to blur together into a veritable cyclone of homosexuals Hurricane Cher, if you willtouching down in the memoir sporadically, and distracting me.

Monet To say this was a good book almost seems inappropriate, because to judge it as a literary piece given the fact that it tells a true timme devastating sorry just seems…. By then it was too late.

I was devestated when he died inbut I’m still good friends with his last lover, Winston Wilde.