Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 342 pages
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The first personal documentary about AIDS to be published, "Borrowed Time" remains as vividly detailed as the best novel and as lucidly observed as the fiercest journalism. It is a cry from the heart against AIDS as it was in the early stages of the plague and against the intolerance that surrounded it. In equal parts, it is a supremely moving love story and a chronicle of the deep commitment and devotion that Paul Monette felt for Roger Horwitz from the night of their first meeting in Boston in the mid-1970s to Roger's diagnosis a decade later and through the last two years of his life, when fighting the disease together became a full-time occupation. This is not a book about death but a book about living while dying and the full range of emotions provoked by that transition -- sorrow, fear, anger, among them. It is a document essential to the history of the gay community; vital for anyone reading about AIDS; and one of the most powerful demonstrations of love and partnership to be found in print.
 

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I can find no words within me to describe how achingly beautiful and heartbreaking this book is. At times an uplifting tribute filled with love, it also abounds with despair at the pointlessness of ... Read full review

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"Grief is a sword, or it is nothing." A furious, sharp and heartbreaking memoir of the early days of the U.S. AIDS epidemic, and Monette's partner's diagnosis, illness and death. Fiercely sorrowful ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
24
Section 3
27
Section 4
50
Section 5
56
Section 6
57
Section 7
65
Section 8
78
Section 16
165
Section 17
171
Section 18
173
Section 19
184
Section 20
201
Section 21
212
Section 22
237
Section 23
241

Section 9
97
Section 10
105
Section 11
130
Section 12
140
Section 13
152
Section 14
157
Section 15
160
Section 24
269
Section 25
282
Section 26
285
Section 27
291
Section 28
304
Section 29
326
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