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Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
Becoming a Man Half a Life Story
Author: Paul Monette
Paul Monette first made a name for himself in 1978 with his debut novel, Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll, a comic romp with serious overtones. He established himself as a writer of popular fiction with three more novels before he and his lover were both diagnosed with HIV. In 1988 he wrote On Borrowed Time, a memoir of living with ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062507242
ISBN-10: 0062507249
Publication Date: 6/11/1993
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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I had just made the biggest decision to change my life one person can undertake. On the thousand mile car trip to my new home, I listened to an interview on NPR with Paul Monette about winning the National Book Award for this autobiography. Before I even went to unload my car, I stopped at a bookstore and bought this book. It is emotionally and powerfully honest. It is raw with the pain of the closet that imprisons gays. It shares his anger, his joy and his courageous pursuit of truth. Ultimately, this book is a brilliant work, exposing the truth of the man who wrote it. I also recommend Borrowed Time, another brilliant memoir written by Paul Monette and one of the best books I have ever read.
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"Maybe one of the great American autobiographies....A book in which virtually every gay man will see himself; with which virtually every lesbian and bisexual will empathize; which will powerfully move the parents, siblings, and friends of witty as it is anguished and as full of understanding as of anger, this is Monette's best book." - Booklist
Paul Monette didn't need perfect grammar or perfect sentences to craft a remarkable and moving narrative.
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This is a story of a homosexual man. It helps one understand their misery in not being accepted from childhood for who they are.
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