Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story Read Online Free - A child of the 1950s from a small New England town, "perfect Paul" earns straight A's and shines in social and literary pursuits, all the while keeping a secret -- from himself and the rest of the world. Struggling to be, or at least to imitate, a straight man, through Ivy League halls of privilege and bohemian travels abroad, loveless intimacy and unrequited passion, Paul Monette was haunted, and finally saved, by a dream of "the thing I'd never even seen: two men in love and laughing."
Searingly honest, witty, and humane, Becoming a Man is the definitive coming-out story in the classic coming-of-age genre.
|Title||:||Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
June 23, 2011
I came out at 17. I came out when I fell for a man 11 years my senior. I fell for a man who, in relation to me, was in a position of authority. It was one of the luckiest things to have ever happened to me in my entire life.
There are many who will read this and self-righteously pronounce it to h...
July 02, 2017
To say that I love this book would be a pathetic understatement.
I do not rank myself among lovers of memoirs, and here I am, having finished my next non-fiction book by Paul Monette, and desperately trying to find the right words that could do justice to Monette's life and his amazing personality...
April 28, 2015
There are not enough stars for this book.
I don't even know if I can ever review this meaningfully and fully capture my reading experience. This book won the National Book Award for 1992 and I am not surprised because it is simply amazing but also deeply haunting and painful. This is one story, a...
September 13, 2017
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story was Paul Monette's response to readers of his first memoir, Borrowed Time, who wanted to know how he and his partner Roger got together and fell in love in the first place. Here, Monette examines his childhood, his realization that he was gay, and his first furti...
February 23, 2009
This is one of those books that I went in wanting to like. Resurrecting texts from former classes, hellbent on actually reading the books that I was introduced to during my 4 years at college, I picked this one off the shelf, remembering some of the discussions we had about it in my Gay and Lesbi...
July 08, 2013
Thus in my own crippled way I had no choice but to keep on looking in the wrong places for the thing I'd never even seen: two men in love and laughing. For that was the image in my head, though I'd never read it in any book or seen it in any movie. I'd fashioned it out of bits of dreams and the h...
January 08, 2015
My god, this one hit me where I live. I picked it up completely at random, without realizing that it was a memoir about being deep in the closet and deeply depressed at Yale. It feels wrong to describe a book this raw as "beautiful," but it truly was. I kept thinking, while reading this book, of...
May 13, 2013
This is the first work of non-fiction I have read since I began writing my novel just over five months ago. Since my novel is about a gay man in his late teens I have focused most of my recreational reading on other works of fiction where the protagonist is gay and/or coming of age. I chose to re...
January 10, 2015
First published in 1992 and yet, here in 2015, in a small town at the bottom of the world, I read the words of Paul Monette and am in shocked awe of how much I see my own life in his. I think if I read this at an earlier age I would have thrown the book aside or dismissed it completely; obviously...
May 18, 2017
When you finally come out, there's a pain that stops, and you know it will never hurt like that again, no matter how much you lose or how bad you die.
Paul Monette's Becoming a Man is the first memoir I've read about being in the closet, and I have to say, it sets the bar pretty high. Reading this...