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Last Watch of the Night Essays Too Personal and Otherwise With Borrowed Time and Becoming a Man the National Book Award winner for nonfiction this collection completes Paul Monette s autobiographical writing Brimming with outrage yet tender this is a r

  • Title: Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise
  • Author: Paul Monette
  • ISBN: 9780156002028
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise By Paul Monette, With Borrowed Time and Becoming a Man the 1992 National Book Award winner for nonfiction this collection completes Paul Monette s autobiographical writing Brimming with outrage yet tender, this is a remarkable book Philadelphia Inquirer.

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    1. I ve been visiting my own grave for years now pre need, as they call it and I don t require any further vigil from anybody Unless it is some kind of safety zone And as long as there s no piety in the gesture I don t like flowers, but the deer do Keats and Lawrence and Stevenson all died of their lungs, robbed by a century whose major products were soot and sulfur We queers on Revelation hill in Forest Lawn Cemetery , tucking our skirts about us so as not to touch our Mormon neighbors, died of th [...]

    2. Confession I ve actually never finished this collection the two last essays and afterthoughts remain unread , because I know that when I do, I ll have read everything Paul Monette wrote from the 1980s on And I m not emotionally prepared for that yet But I ve read the majority of it, and it s just so good Almost every single essay is a knockout, though I m particularly partial to Puck and A One Way Fare It s almost unbearably sad to think how much beautiful writing we might have had if he were s [...]

    3. When Borrowed Time came out in 1988, I was deep into my life as a librarian, wife, mother I was expecting my second child and I believed like so many others that AIDs was a disease that would never touch my life However, for whatever reason, I read Monette s memoir Borrowed Time, of his life with Rog and found the book touching and the events tragic.More than 25 years later, I was reading about the books published by Open Road Media and there was Paul Monette s name I had not thought of him in y [...]

    4. This is a collection of essays that Monette wrote the last years of his life, while he was fighting against AIDS.Various are the themes he discusses, each important than the other.There is Puck , named from his dog Here he describes how the simple core of walking the dog at night has somehow helped Paul and Roger during a very difficult moment in their relationship At the same time, when Roger is gone, the dog will be the loyal companion and a sort of family who has to approve as well the lover [...]

    5. I bought this collection of essays because it contains my favorite essay about visiting a grave 3275 That is the number of the author s own grave, beside the first love of his life, whom he lost to AIDS, and beneath the grave of the second, lost several years earlier Monette wanted his own epitaph to read Died of Homophobia, Murdered by His Government It s the only essay I ve read written by a dying man contemplating the hole that will swallow him.Monette didn t believe in life after death He vi [...]

    6. These essays by my second favorite writer ever were written right before he died They are angry, funny, moving, elegiac He reaches in and grabs your heart and doesn t let go until you are transformed Corny Sue me, I am madly in love with this writing.

    7. I just re read the short story, Gert from Paul Monette s Last Watch of the Night I think it s one of the best short stories ever written The fact that its memoir makes it even intimate and important What a beautiful voice in Paul Monette which we lost during the AIDS crisis.

    8. Read three in a row by Monette, with this one coming last Loved it Reading all three together made it feel like reading a really comprehensive memoir.

    9. Excellent collection of essays as Monette deals with the final stages of AIDS Nicely captures the March on Washington.

    10. After reading this third book by Paul Monett in a row I find myself becoming a huge fan of his work This volume of essays is a third, I ve not read the first two volumes, but loved reading this after reading his two memoirs It fills in parts left out of the memoirs and weaves through during and after the time when his first partner, Roger, died of AIDS His writing is deep, wide, and smart He writes about his travels, which to some extent were driven by the great writers Keats or Edmond Wilson He [...]

    11. Another wonderful and well thought out book, by Paul Montette, having been involved in being a volunteer in palliative care, sitting besides bed sides of persons who had barely begun to live dying, back in the nineties I can so relate, to the pain and sorrow, and often being abandoned by their own family,watching other friends die, I am amazed this plague passed me by now being 72 as I certainly did not take any of the precautions, and am amazed at the lack of care many of today s gay active me, [...]

    12. The subtitle is the key to why I ranked the book only three stars Some of the chapters are too personally related to Mr Monette s life they do not engage a reader who was not an intimate acquaintance or a current seeker of a Paul Monette autobiography A chapter devoted to a re telling of a friend s encounter with Greta Garbo An account of travelling to obscure ruins I kept reading for the clinical details of HIV, of the early struggles to get a grasp of the disease however, I found I regretted c [...]

    13. A collection of essays written by Monette in 92 and 93, Last Watch of the Night chronicles his thoughts on family, spirituality and the church, health and disease, writing, and AIDS, primarily as connected to being gay in America in the 1970s and 1980s All personal and heavily anecdotal, the essays veer between being sorrowful, angry, and celebratory, though Monette s sarcastic humor often comes through as well While a few of the essays come off as being overly self indulgent, most of them are b [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this and I am interested to read of Paul Monette s work It s very honest which is quite refreshing Being all short stories essays it is easy to put down and pick up again when you re ready to read a bit , without feeling like you re leaving something behind Being written in the 90s it also shows us how far we have come as a society in regards to challenging homophobia and understanding HIV AIDS We still have a long way to go, and it feels like things are moving slowly in relati [...]

    15. Sort of like a sad epilogue to Becoming a Man Half a Life Story in a sense from an author you wanted to read much of, knowing, tragically, the rest of it was never to come.

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