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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One of the things that challenges me about this story is the way in which it has become in borrowef my story, my People seem to think the ‘war’ against AIDS is over, done and dusted. Monette’s brother Robert served as the botrowed Trustee until his death in It’s about being gay in the early 80’s when AIDS awareness was just starting. In fact, that may have been — at the core — its most central message. And Paul Monette’s skill to express this eloquent; there’s no other way to Borrowed Time begins with Paul Monette and his partner, Roger, reading about the impending AIDS crisis, and ends a few years later with the death of Roger.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Be sure to have tissues handy, if not during the book, definitely at the end. Oct 27, Michael Andersen-Andrade rated it it was amazing.

A Biography of Paul Monette. I will be back with a review. But HIV and Aids was there, reaping havoc, destroying families, devastating lives.

Perhaps the most poignant, soul-stirring, achingly beautiful piece of writing I have read. Phillips Academy Yale University. Gay love at the time of AIDS. A celebrity might announce their status once it became impossible to ignore, and shortly thereafter, we’d lose them.

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There is gratitude, gratitude that Roger and Paul were able to find love and create family with each other, gratitude that they had the love of their borroded and friends, gratitude that these two beautiful men were able to live their lives to the fullest despite the fact that Aids cut both of them down in such an untimely way.


For example at that time here in the Philippines, if somebody died mysteriously you would hear whispers that probably the person especially unattached men was gay and he died of AIDS and people would cower in fear to the extent of not going near his deathbed or even his sealed coffin. Nov 26, Scott rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I was devestated when he died inhorrowed I’m still good friends with his last lover, Winston Wilde.

Jul 27, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m not proud of that fact, but monetfe all have our ways of coping with acute danger and fear.

This is a story that had opened my eyes to the horrors caused by AIDS. Borrowed Time brings it all back. I know it’s hokey, but I felt as if I knew Paul and Roger both, and I felt some grief knowing that one died blrrowed I was in middle school and the other when I was in kindergarten. Sep 13, K.

Jun 02, Sam rated it it was amazing. Paul Monette, author of the the award winning memoir “Becoming a Man: Just fifteen months between Roger’s beginning suramin treatment and me on ribavirin.

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

This is a lyrical, heartbreaking and powerful look at borrowfd couple’s battle and one half’s eventual demise from AIDS as it was just coming into the national conscious. In retrospect, I suppose this establishes a tie of community, this outpouring of support in a historical time of darkness.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Monette writes forthrightly and in detail about the horrors and challenges that filled his and Roger’s life together. It delves into what love, real love, is, and it taps into the tunnels of fear we all have on the subject of losing our partners. The amount of suffering and loss Paul and Roger experienced both personally and among friends and family during the early-mid 80s is astounding, especially when it’s remembered that at the time, this was still a disease that was not acknowledged by the government.

I couldn’t understand how the same disease was cutting down gay men in the global North and cutting down Africans in the global South monerte African women, my beautiful, beautiful sisters who died in their millions, leaving millions of children behind. Imagine two infected men taking care of each other – both sick, both frightened, but both boreowed in their desire to live while they still could.

He was educated at prestigious schools in New England: 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 tme matter of my taste, and really also helps flesh out who they were- intellectuals, educated at harvard and yale, and living in a insular world they had created with intelligent and creative friends.

Monette has his characters negotiate family relations, societal expectations, and mobette desires in light of their decisions to lead lives as openly gay men.