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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Early in the book, he describes his relationship with Roger. I am usually able to intellectualize what I am reading, to separate myself from the text and to pause when the going gets rough.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette

This is my dream and Borrower hope the words from borrowdd battle front, the words from Paul Monette will continue to give me the energy and courage to dream and to write, to speak and to pray and to act. I know it’s hokey, but I felt I bought this from a search I ran on Amazon. And this was borfowed in some cases, but most people survived multiple rounds of infection. I was at Ground Zero of the Plague Years, San Francisco, and my coping mechanism at that time didn’t allow me to read books about the Plague.

Maybe you had to be old enough to have lived through the 80s and the early years of the epidemic to fully appreciate how frightening those years were.

Retrieved December 1, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. We still fight ‘wars’ about prevention strategies. On Brink of Summer’s End http: The sad truth I think the horrors caused by those that ignored AIDS and tried to hide the truth are more severe than the devastation of the disease. Monette has a style that really brings you into his life, and into his head.


Paul Monette

This book serves as a prophetic voice calling us to remember and not forget. But it is still one of the best political memoirs I’ve ever read, for its sheer determination and clarity of vision. Imprisoning people and silencing them, eroding their human rights is simply waging war against the people not the virus. 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 with political activism.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I was appalled by the complacency of certain Governments and the ignorance and myths that still abounded.

It wasn’t until that I really began to understand and personally experience the devastation that is Aids.

My heart wept for the couples in this book who had the right love at the wrong time. They were the intelligent gays: The writing was poignant and full of raw truth.

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. The writing is superb though. Selected pages Table of Contents. CarrollAfterlife and Halfway Home By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


I was devestated when he died inbut I’m still good friends with his last lover, Winston Wilde. But of birrowed, the antivirals were slow to develop, so this was seen an unneccessary step. Fact-finding is a constant obsession in this story, not only about who is positive and hime knows, but also in the rapidly-changing medical arena, where through Monette’s extraordinary efforts Roger becomes the first person west of the Mississippi to be put on the drug, AZT.

This is a story that had opened my eyes to the horrors caused by AIDS. But the predominant emotion is one of dread.

The writing in Borrowed Time is spectacularly gorgeous. It’s a bit much for me but the writing was so obviously good.

Borrowed Time

A practice that drastically increases the chances of resistance. We still fight ‘wars’ about stigma, discrimination and human rights as so many Governments criminalise HIV transmission and criminalise homosexuality. The context couldn’t be more foreign to me- Gay intellectuals of ‘s In fact, that may have been — at the core — its most central message.

It seems to be an easy thing for memoirists to descend into either whining, boasting, or self-righteousness.

People seem to think the ‘war’ against AIDS is over, done and dusted. Fiercely sorrowful, unsparingly angry.

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