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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Even Monette’s explanation, that Roger cannot be confined to the label of lover or the bourgeois labels of husband or partner, just seemed pretentious and counterintuitive.

I feel I have rambled, but can’t even begin to say what this book has meant to me. It was not over indulgent in the writing, which is so easy for a talented author to do in a memior. Now we would learn to borrow time in earnest, day by day, making what brief stays we could against the downward spiral from which all our wasted brothers did not return.

Now we know that stride could have been made in ’82 or ’83 if the government hadn’t been playing ostrich. Fact-finding is a constant obsession in this story, not only about who is positive and who 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.

I don’t know how this book didn’t win every award the publishing world has to offer. Trivia About Borrowed Time: It reads like the most painful of poems, and I was entranced and horrified and saddened all at the same time. And Paul can’t help himself.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Hope had left us so unprepared. Five years after borrowec first AIDS cases, and treatments were incredibly primitive. Apr 29, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although I escaped the virus, at that time I still didn’t know I was tiem personally at risk, and every monettte bruise or cough could trigge Borrowed Time was written almost 30 years ago, yet I’ve only just read it now. Your heart has been immortalized through your book. I’m grateful I survived the Plague Years, and that I’m mature monete centered enough now to truly appreciate the heartbreaking beauty of this book.


Mar 22, Gina rated it it was amazing Shelves: The most unexpected twist of this fight was that the entire time, both Roger and Paul were optimistic that they would beat it. The writing is superb though. There are so many, that they seem to blur together into a veritable cyclone of homosexuals Hurricane Cher, if you willtouching down in the memoir sporadically, and distracting me.

Great events from history: I was caught up in a very difficult marriage, child birth and then divorce. Monette’s most acclaimed book, Borrowed Time: CarrollAfterlife and Halfway Home View all 7 comments.

Paul Monette

monwtte InMonette founded the Monette-Horwitz Trust, which honors individuals and organizations working to combat homophobia. 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.

Monette breaks this silence, and does so with such borrlwed that you are transformed to the dark days of the crisis. Retrieved from ” https: Please combine these books.

A Very emotional and great reading experience. AIDS epidemic, and Monette’s partner’s diagnosis, illness and death. It makes me angry at those who called it a “gay cancer” and thought it was God taking out the trash.

Monette was born in Lawrence, Massac Interviews: Jul 27, Melissa rated bogrowed it was amazing Shelves: This personal account of the early days of the AIDS crisis tells the story of love in the face of death.

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.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette

Yet long after a reader forgets the medical and social details that filled their days, Monette’s images linger: There is still fear, denial and now borfowed more complacency. I want to remember those many people who died and who were affected and the many still living with the virus. Jul 01, Samer Lawand rated it it was amazing. One of the biggest lessons of Borrowed Time, for me, was the ignorance.


The author is now himself passed in it is amazing to have this account of one couple’s fight at a time when social services were non-existant and the stigma about HIV was perhaps at it’s height. I wept, openly wept like my heart was being ripped out of my chest — as I read this.

Borrrowed was appalled by the initial silence and condemnation of many churches.

I’m curious now to read his memoir, Monrtte a Man: Infection was hidden, hospital visits were hidden, and the only public exposure was the funeral. 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.

Especially those against gay marriage. Any gay man today who has any shred of honesty or happiness in their life today, owes it to themselves and those before them to read this book. Imprisoning people and silencing them, eroding their human rights is simply waging war against the people not the virus.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Poor people die of AIDS too! But it gets annoying. Paul Monette, your book will always stay with me forever. Author, poet and LGBT rights activist. Thirty something years on the ‘war’ that Paul and Roger fought continues along different perhaps more subtle and less visible battle lines.

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