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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This is a lyrical, heartbreaking and powerful look at one couple’s battle and one half’s eventual demise from AIDS as it was monette coming into the national conscious. And Paul Monette’s skill to express this eloquent; there’s no other way to say it.

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Other editions – View all Borrowed Time: The story of the AIDS crisis was one of euphamism, lies and the closet. This was on a friend’s list, and since I love memoirs, I picked it up at the library. Living with AIDS feels akin to living on the moon, Paul writes, and that metaphor — along with the symbolism of light and dark — shows up frequently in Borrowed Time.

Jul 01, Samer Lawand rated it it was amazing. I always believe that married or committed people should practice monogamy as bordowed is part of their vows made in God’s presence. As a gay kid growing up in the 90s, my exposure to AIDS began with the death of celebrities. I liked it OK, but I wasn’t in love with it.


Views Read Edit View history. I was appalled to hear what people had gone through in the early days of the pandemic.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

I was monettd young girl in the early days of the Aids pandemic when Roger and Paul were fighting the ‘war’. Borrowed Time was written almost 30 years ago, yet I’ve only just read it now. 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.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Half a Life Sto I don’t know how this book didn’t win every award the borrrowed world has to offer. With this book, I was paralyzed with dread and could not tear my eyes away, and during the last chapters I literally wept.

Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusettsand graduated from Phillips Academy in and Yale University in Quotes from Borrowed Time: Lewis’ “A Grief Observed,” for example? But again, the ignorance of the disease was terrifying. And it was sad, as it was the first book I’ve cried to. Monet To say this was a good book almost seems inappropriate, because monete judge it as a literary piece given the fact that it tells a true and bortowed sorry just seems….

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette

For so many, the AIDS crisis and epidemic has become a footnote in gay tije. It is basically a love story that is very detailed and not necessarily richlyand tells a story about two gay men and the world they lived in in the ‘s.

Itme began to involve mobette in the response and I opened my heart to my African sisters and gay brothers and I became a soldier just like Paul and Roger. 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.


Half a Life StoryMonette writes about homosexual issues to bring them out of the closet sorry, had to do it, ba dum chhhhh.

A Very emotional and great reading experience. Gonna let it all sink in! That he was able to focus so much energy on chronicling the events of Roger’s death in this memoir, was a mircle – and indeed this book is a miraclous gift. Conflicted about his sexual orientationhe moved to Boston, Massachusettswhere he taught writing and literature at Milton Academy.

It seems to be an easy thing for memoirists to descend into either whining, boasting, or self-righteousness. The context couldn’t be more foreign to me- Gay intellectuals of ‘s West Hollywood.

InMonette founded the Monette-Horwitz Trust, which honors individuals and organizations working to combat homophobia. I’m grateful I survived the Plague Years, and that I’m mature and centered enough now to truly appreciate the heartbreaking beauty of this book.

This book is a testament to the early days of the Aids pandemic: