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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Living with AIDS feels yime to living on the moon, Paul writes, and that metaphor — along with the symbolism of light and dark — shows up frequently in Borrowed Time.

The author is no longer with us but his words remain and his story remains. As with his other memoir, Becoming a Man: Yet long after a reader forgets the medical and social details that filled their days, Monette’s images linger: He also wrote several novelizations of films.

With this book, I was paralyzed with dread and could not tear my eyes away, and during the last chapters I literally wept.

As most people announced their status towards the end of their life, it felt like AIDS was a quick death: Return to Book Page.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Any gay man today who has any shred of honesty or happiness in their life today, owes it to themselves and those before them to read this book. Love and rage, Monette’s got it down.


It is a privilege to read his words. I am grateful that I had a chance to put my own shoulder to the wheel and join the millions birrowed 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. 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.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

I can’t believe it has been over 20 years since it was published. With acceptance speech by Monette. View all 7 comments. Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, boorrowed I cried a lot, but timee I’m going to move on and try to celebrate the little victories.

Despite what your views are on gays, and I’m certainlyas one reviewer stated, “not a worshiper of the gay couple” this book is worth reading.

That was in the 80’s when this book came out. Please combine these books. Half a Life Sto I don’t know how this book didn’t win every award the publishing world has to offer. Overall- if you are looking for a history of the epidemic told through memoir this is as good as it gets.

Borrowed Time

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 and devastating sorry just seems….

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 Perhaps the most poignant, soul-stirring, bkrrowed beautiful piece of writing I have read.


So this is my small response to this beautiful and yet challenging testimony. Mar 22, Gina rated it it was amazing Shelves: A celebrity might announce their status once it became impossible to ignore, and shortly thereafter, we’d lose them. I will be back with a review. Half a Life StoryMonette writes about homosexual issues to bring them out of the closet sorry, had to do it, ba dum chhhhh.

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

I was in college during those years and being a gime technology student, we had to make ourselves familiar with what was going on regarding that newly-discovered viral sickness that was said to come from monkey and seemed to have been targeting gay men. I’m curious now to read his memoir, Becoming a Man: More Active and Angry on the Way to the End”. Even though I know now that the drug had turned on Roger, I still can’t understand how we could have had no warning.

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.

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