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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Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 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 for prevention, treatment and seeking to address HIV related stigma and discrimination. A part of my life which is very painful for all kinds of reasons and yet also a part of my life in which there is hope. The author wrote other books, but I don’t know if I will read them. Great events from history: Monette’s most acclaimed book, Borrowed Time: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

But along with sadness and pain and anger, as I read this story I am grateful. This is probably the tims well-written memoir I have ever encountered. I want to remember those many people who died and who were affected and the many still living with the virus. Paul Monette and his beloved partner Roger Horwitz are gone along with 36 million others but 35 million are still alive and living with HIV, and the millions that are dead should spur us to keep bofrowed the millions who are still with us.

By then it was too late.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette

I was appalled by the complacency of certain Governments and the ignorance and myths that still abounded. But here is where the AIDS story was very different to my expectations. Just fifteen months between Roger’s beginning suramin treatment and me on ribavirin. Rest In Peace Paul Monette.


Jun 01, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: Paul Monette, your book will always stay with me forever. He was educated at prestigious schools in New England: It makes me appreciate my life and all that is still possible in it.

Now we know that stride could have been made in ’82 or ’83 if the government hadn’t been playing ostrich. It’s about a tough subject matter, and it’s also now a book that is of a somewhat historical nature.

This might be the monettr memoir written by a man losing someone he loves. Perhaps the most poignant, soul-stirring, achingly beautiful piece of writing I have read. 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. In this way I can enter into the frustration and the fear of the early days of the pandemic and Timf can use this to continue to work for a future hope.

Oct 27, Michael Andersen-Andrade rated it it was amazing. It is so humbling to realize that if I had been born twenty years earlier, I would probably have had to watch many friends and lovers pass away — if, that is, I had survived myself. View all 7 comments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One of the best memoirs I borrosed ever read.

Borrowed Time

I’m not proud of that fact, but we all have our ways of coping with acute danger and fear. InMonette and Horwitz moved to Los Angeles. But what Monette’s writing so eloquently reveals is the way the community fought, struggled and in the end — suffered.

Sorry, but I couldn’t finish this book – it was pages of constant whining.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

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 borrwed political activism.

Monette’s depiction of the ravages of HIV cuts straight to the soul.

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 dis 5 heartbreakingly beautiful Poignant Stars. It is stunning, harrowing, by turns lyrical and unbearable, and absolutely unforgettable.


His memoir, Becoming a Man: I’m curious now to read his memoir, Becoming a Man: More Active and Angry on the Way to the End”. But it gets annoying. Although I escaped the virus, at that time I still didn’t know I was not personally at risk, and every small bruise or cough could trigge Borrowed Time was written almost 30 years ago, yet I’ve only just read it now. The New York Times.

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Monette breaks this silence, and does so with such honesty that you are transformed to the dark days of the crisis. Half a Life Sto I don’t know how this book didn’t win every award the publishing world has to offer. Several times I had to set the book down because I was no longer able to read through great, racking sobs and eyes nearly swollen shut.

After coming out in his late twenties, he met Roger Horwitz, who was to be his lover for over twenty years. Books by Paul Monette. It felt at odds with his objectives, of honoring Roger, of exposing AIDS for what it is, and for bolstering homosexual love. I was devestated when he died inbut I’m still good friends with his last lover, Winston Wilde. But it is still one of the best political memoirs I’ve ever read, for its sheer determination and clarity of “Grief is a sword, or it is nothing.

We had grown so grateful for little things. Symptoms began with AIDS.

It’s an incredibly brave move, especially considering the turmoil it caused for Monette: