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Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
Becoming a Man Half a Life Story
Author: Paul Monette
He grew up in a small town in New England in the 1950's, watching lassie, going to church, getting straight A's at school, a scholar destined for success. But he already had a secret, and his public life with family and friends was already a constant round of ventriloquism as he played the joker and pretended to be the same as everyone else. For...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780349105499
ISBN-10: 0349105499
Publication Date: 5/19/1994
Pages: 288
Edition: First Edition
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Publisher: Abacus
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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