Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

by Paul Monette
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Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
bbb57 More than 1 year ago
A game changing memoir of the very type of person the world should put on a pedestal. The antithesis of people like Donald Trump and Jerry Falwell Jr., who demonize the very best of us for pathetic political or religious reasons. We should have had the chance to know someone like Monette, brilliant and necessary for the evolution of human nature.
minicity More than 1 year ago
A intimate, heartbreaking account of a man coming of age in a time of torment and inner turmoil. An absorbing read and perspective. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really identifued with the main character, Paul Monette. This book reminds me, in a way, of another book I read. They both have that some 'who am i' kind of feel to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story is a chronicle by Paul Monette of his early childhood to becoming an  out gay man. The years of struggle to break free of self hate, confined in the closet on the journey to  becoming authentic. This book is the early background on this important man, the closeted years,  before his work that advanced gay civil rights. Any gay person born in the 50s will relate to the choices  he made to survive a hostile world, a world that prevented you from being a happy successful gay person.  With a bright mind, confidence and hiding his true self, he was able to achieve an education denied  most young gay people. This book is a must read for all gay people, both old and young, to connect  with a common truth and to learn of this authentic man, who helped make the world for us a better place.  “Go without hate, but not without rage, heal the world”, his words his truth.                        RSM_Bedford
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
I wasnt too sure what to expect from this book but having gay friends and knowing how they work as people helped me. What a wonderful surprise when I started reading it. What an amazing journey for someone to take from a childhood living in the closet but going through the motions as someone who is straight, feeling constantly of self hatred and detesting yourself, unable to come out of the closet because of ridicule by family members and your peers, feeling isolated and lonely and an outcast in a un normal world. My gay friend also experienced the same feelings and emotions and they too found it difficult through their childhood but when you become an adult everything changes and you can then declare to the world. I AM GAY, I AM NOT A STRAIGHT MAN. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was suggested to me by a friend of mine to, as he put it, see life more clearly. When I started reading, the details of his life and all of the trials, tribulations and struggles Paul Monette went through resounded with me because I, too, had experienced all of them. This book made me realize that I wasn't the only person who struggled through these things, and eased my transition into a whole new world. If you feel that you are the only man out there who has gone through these trials and tribulations, this book will show you that you definitely are not.
Knkdsoy93 More than 1 year ago
To be honest....I felt the author was just or more concerned about the words he used than the actual story. I do not consider myself a dumb person but too many $5.00 words may it hard to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago