Becoming A Man

Becoming A Man

Half A Life Story

Book - 1992
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151115198
Branch Call Number: 306.7662 MON
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 24 cm


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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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