Becoming A Man

Becoming A Man

Half A Life Story

Book - 1992
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The author discusses his childhood during the 1950s, the tortures of concealing his homosexuality, the bigotry he has encountered, and much more. By the author of Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. 15,000 first printing. National ad/promo. Tour.

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The author relates his experiences and feelings growing up gay in a small New England town in the 1950s and the pain of living a lie to keep his homosexuality hidden

Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1992]
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1993
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780151115198
Branch Call Number: 305.3896 MONET
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Becoming a Man


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jmmason Sep 05, 2012

Excellent, award-winning read. He also left us some interesting novels.

johnami Sep 05, 2012

Paul Monette’s lively, imaginative, spontaneous writing style provides much reading pleasure. In this volume, Mr. Monette explores the formative and early adult years of his life. In America in the 1950’s through the 1980’s being gay was equivalent to being a social outcast. There has been some progress, but negativism about being gay continues in the U.S. and in countries throughout the world, despite the fact that homosexuality is considered by medical professionals as a completely acceptable variation of sexual function. Mr. Monette’s book makes clear the difficulty and pain of growing up in a homophobic society. Fortunately, he had the character to create a fulfilling life for himself, despite the trauma of prejudice from family and associates. There are a number of reasons why this is wonderful book to read. There is Mr. Monette's excellent writing. There is the interesting story of an individual who achieved academic and literary success. There are the detailed accounts of his life which mirror the family confrontations and curiosity about being and sexuality that we all encounter as we develop. And there is the positive view about being gay that is an underlying and conclusive theme throughout the book.

Aug 07, 2012

Found this book at a thrift store for 50 cents. I fell in love with his writing style. Enjoyed his story very much,


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