I bought this book to better understand my brother, who had not come out yet, but, I was wanting to help him in some way.
Relish his rich experiences, his amazing writing ability, feel his loss, and relish his ultimate victory, if not victory over AIDS, then the victory of finding love.
His love for Roger is recounted in BORROWED TIME, AN AIDS MEMOIR, also by Monette, which I view as the prequel to this book.
And was profoundly moved by the honesty of Paul's struggle, but cannot help but bemoan how much time he wasted in the closet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tedders
Loved it, Pauls life paralleled my life in many ways, including marriage. Loved the concept that gays in every era of human history, every ethnic, cultural ,religious, social,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve Harrington
This is truly a superb book! The accolades it has won (e.g., National Book Award) provide ample testimony to this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tas
An autobiography of the slow progress of a gay man, successful in the end, both in a career and in his personal life, with accurate descriptions of life at Andover and Yale, which... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam Tudor
What initially appears to be an entertaining writing style becomes increasingly irritating. I wasn't willing to finish the book.Published 5 months ago by purrfus
Paul Monette’s early life is marked by both the astounding conformity and pent-up rage that one might expect to find in the Bildungsroman of a young gay man growing up in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by A Certain Bibliophile
A great coming of age story and a must read for any man who has come out or is struggling with coming outPublished 10 months ago by Christopher J Davis
A poetic memoir that chronicles Paul Monette’s life as a closeted gay man from adolescence and into adulthood. Read morePublished 10 months ago by audrey
Being in the closet as the author puts it feels, self hatred and a internal exile and living a lie, living as a straight man yet wanting to show the world who he really is, angry... Read morePublished 10 months ago by BLUE FISH