- Tapa blanda: 352 páginas
- Editor: Mariner Books; Edición: Reprint (1 de junio de 1998)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0156005816
- ISBN-13: 978-0156005814
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Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 jun 1998
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This "tender and lyrical" memoir (New York Times Book Review) remains one of the most compelling documents of the AIDS era-"searing, shattering, ultimately hope inspiring account of a great love story" (San Francisco Examiner). A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and the winner of the PEN Center West literary award.
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T. L. Cooper
We Can Never Pay Back the Time We Borrow...
16 de junio de 2017 - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I bought Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Monette because it was recommended by a class on AIDS I was taking as research for a book I'm writing. I thought the book might help me better understand the AIDS patient and even AIDS itself. Monette tells a story that is a heartbreaking mix of love, family, and loss. Not just the loss of his life partner but loss of a way of being in the world. He demonstrates eloquently the devastation fear wreaks when knowledge is minimal while showing the immense power of love to hold people together. At times, Monette's self-deprecation felt a bit too much, but it showed a glimpse into how insecurities can push us to both our best and our worst. He talked with graphic detail about the physical havoc AIDS brought not only to the bodies of those who suffer with it but to the lives and the communities where AIDS became such an accepted part of life that people talked about when instead of if. Monette talks about his and the gay community's resentment of people's ignorance and particularly their determination to remain ignorant. His love for his life partner, Roger Horwitz, is palpable throughout the book. I felt almost like an interloper in their lives in some of the more intimate portions of the book. Monette writes in a way that had me wishing for Roger to be saved even though I knew before I even began the book that was impossible. Near the end, I also found myself longing for Roger's suffering to end even though the end of that suffering meant death. Monette's description of full-blown AIDS and the suffering of not only Roger but their friends broke my heart and made me determined to support death with dignity laws. Monette downplays his own diagnosis of AIDS throughout the book. Roger is his focus because Roger is the one who is in crisis. I felt Monette's grief throughout the pages. I felt the secrecy in place to try to protect those who could offer support. I felt the love these two men shared. I felt the openness of love and compassion coupled with the anger and despair at a system not moving quickly enough to make a difference in lives. Borrowed Time is a reminder that no matter who we are, how we live our lives, or who we love, the time we have is only borrowed and it will be taken away at some point...
More than an AIDS Memoir
7 de junio de 2016 - Publicado en Amazon.com
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What is now unfortunately a long forgotten time in the genesis of AIDS, this book is a haunting tale of great pain and loss, but ultimately the love of two men struggling to survive a time in history that society wanted no part of. Paul shows us with great lyrical prose the worst that life can bring and how that can be transformed into lasting writing that matters. Their story needed to be told and the world should take note and continue forward with their movement, if only to be thankful for his courage in sharing such pain and sorrow. AIDS took everything from them (and Paul details it all brutally), but LOVE remained. While I am one to loan out my favorites to anyone that asks, this particular book will not be going anywhere. At times it was so difficult to read I couldn't fathom that he pushed through, let alone found the words to describe it so poignantly. Had he overcome AIDS, and became one of the many that lived a long time with it I believe he would have made great strides in education as well as helping those in need. I’m genuinely sad that when I eventually finish reading everything he has published, the world will be left with no more of Paul’s words. Frankly the only saving grace I felt at the end was knowing Roger & Paul are together eternally, in death finally at peace from such a cruel world they fought so hard to live in.
L. M. Nieves
Love and Heartbreak During the Early Days of the AIDS Crisis
21 de febrero de 2018 - Publicado en Amazon.com
One of the best AIDS memoirs you're likely to find. Monette and his partner lived charmed lives of privilege until this terrible disease turned everything upside down, and forced them to face, in some small way, what being gay in America felt like for the rest of us. Beautifully written, this book is more than an AIDS memoir - it's a true love story. These men loved each other dearly, and were there for each other through the very worst. Monette made a good living churning out novelizations of movies - not exactly the sort of writing anyone aspires to. Tragedy and pain resulted in his literary triumph, and was the making of him, as a writer.
One of the most heartbreaking fantastically deep love stories you will ever read.
5 de diciembre de 2013 - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I read Monette's book first in 98 when it was published, 13 years and one country later, it was still on my mind, and I had to have a copy of my own for the house . Some books change you .this is one of those books. If you did not live through the hight if the AIDS crisis, and want an inside view, this book is what you're looking for. If you like a good love story, this book is for you. If you like a good tragedy , this is for you. The characters warm and relatable , Monette writes this book and makes you feel like a member of his family . He's a terribly interesting guy to begin with, so story aside the biographical part is worth reading , but , this is one of those hooks that left me in tears, and had me feeling as though I had been through a battle along side the author . All I can say is read it!
Stephanie N. Gomez
Tribute to a beloved partner
5 de enero de 2014 - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I grew up in the 80's, when AIDS was just setting in the country. We knew little about it then and it was pretty much a death sentence to any poor soul who contracted it. Borrowed time is a love story to Paul Monette;s longtime companion. It follows the path of the disease, from first finding out to the final stages, and eventually, death. Monette, who also died of AIDS in 1995, recounts the fear, anger, denial and all the stages of grief throughout the two years his companion battled the disease. Never before have I read anything so heartfelt and true. His heart is literally an open book in Borrowed Time. Anger at the government for ignoring what was quickly becoming a pandemic issue and the ignorant members of the public that felt AIDS was God's judgement on homosexuals. I dare you to read this book and not be transformed.