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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This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat But here is where the AIDS story was very different to my expectations.

Paul Monette

Jun 12, Homeschoolmama rated it really liked it. I want to remember those many people who died and who were affected and the many still living with the virus. During a critique session, someone in my writing group asked me about my motivation for my novel-in-progress.

Fein February 12, Paul Monette was obviously a gifted poet, narrator and archivist. Before I finished it I told a friend it was depressing. Yet long after a reader forgets the medical and social details that filled their days, Monette’s images linger: It put the much needed literary face to a disease that nobody wanted to hear or talked about then.

All these years after Paul and Roger passed away the battle is still being fought in different places and in different ways.


I admire the man, and the couple, even more now for their honesty, bravery, and love. Monette breaks this silence, and does so with such honesty that you are transformed to the dark days of the crisis.

Aug 19, Angie rated it it was amazing. For so many, the AIDS norrowed and epidemic has become a footnote in gay history.

Account Options Sign in. But along with sadness and pain and anger, as I read this story I am grateful. The New York Times. From a literary perspective, the mind reels at the loss of such an immensely talented writer as Paul Monette. Monette wrote of the experience and his many losses with such simple dignity and such love that it brought tears to my eyes.

Rest In Peace Paul Monette. I was caught up in a very difficult marriage, child birth and then divorce.

Open Preview See a Problem? It wasn’t until that I really began to understand and personally experience the devastation that is Aids.

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With this book, I was paralyzed with dread and could not tear my eyes away, and during the last chapters I literally wept. I’m not a very nice person. I took my time reading it and found myself very caught up in the lives of Monette and Early in the book, he describes his relationship with Roger. I always believe that married or committed people oaul practice monogamy as it is part of their vows made in God’s presence.


Laul the most poignant, soul-stirring, achingly beautiful piece of writing I have read.

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

I wept, openly wept like my heart was being ripped out of my chest — as I read this. Account Options Sign in. This meant the story and progression of AIDS rarely made it out, even among friends of the afflicted.

A Biography of Paul Monette. Even though this is one man’s account of the suffering, he did an excellent job of describing the dichotomy of terror and “head in the sand” mentality that could be seen in the gay community and eventually on the national stage.

The details rocked me. My heart wept for the couples in this book who had the right love at the wrong time. I was a young girl in the early days of the Aids pandemic when Roger and Paul were fighting the ‘war’. I am grateful that they did not die alone and that they were able to gain access to the limited treatments available at the time. It makes me angry at those who called it a “gay cancer” and thought it was God taking out the trash.

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