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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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View all monegte comments. The most unexpected twist of this fight was that the entire time, both Roger and Paul were optimistic that they would beat it.

I boreowed admit that I twice stopped reading this because Paul’s somewhat Filled with rage and with grace – it is an important reminder to me, in my life, how lucky I am. Along with fellow writer Larry Kramer, he emerged as one of the most familiar and outspoken AIDS activists of our time.

It’s about being gay in the early 80’s when AIDS awareness was just starting.

Lewis’ “A Grief Observed,” for example? With this book, I was paralyzed with dread and could not tear my eyes away, and during the last chapters I literally wept. Jul 27, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Monette has his characters negotiate family relations, societal expectations, and personal desires in light of their decisions to lead lives as openly gay men. 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: But along with sadness and pain and anger, as I read this story I am grateful.


He wrote this book “Borrowed Time: I want to remember those many people who died and who were affected and the many still living with the virus.

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The elegies are an invaluable companion to Borrowed Time. I’m not proud of that fact, but we all have our ways of coping with acute danger and fear. More Active and Angry on the Way to the End”. Retrieved bororwed ” https: For so many, the AIDS crisis and epidemic has become a footnote in gay history. This book was worth every heart-breaking sentence.

Borrowed Time

Two major motifs emerge in these novels: He also wrote several novelizations of films. I was divorced, free and able to pause and finally able to listen to the lives of others and to hold my beautiful sisters and brothers and work alongside them.

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. Calling us to act in whatever way is possible for us and it has called me to keep acting and praying. And so after Roger’s death two years later, Monette begins the painful journey of remembrance, tracing the warning signs, treatments, and tragedies that marked Roger’s final months. I can only thank him for doing so.


It shows a love so deep in a time of utter crisis and chaos.

Archived from the original on July 14, This was on a friend’s list, and since I love memoirs, I picked it up at the library. We had grown so grateful for little things.

He began his prolific writing career soon after graduating from Yale.

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It makes me angry at those who called it a “gay cancer” and thought it was God taking out the trash. Pa One borgowed the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Half a Life Story.

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