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Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Quartet Books; New edition edition (1 Mar. 1995)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant narrative of courage and transformation.21 Aug. 1998
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Guibert's autobiographical novel is in a class of its own in handling the frightening reality of aids in the late 80s from the perspective a young celebrity, himself, who witnesses the loss of his famous friend (Michel Foucault in real life), and then his own sense of being. But along with the suspense there is also disarming honesty, courage, and humor. Despite the praise it received, too many people have missed the experience of this book. And amazingly almost no one has read its sequel, a lesser work technically--understandably because it was written in his last months--a dazzingly farewell called The Compassion Protocol.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Reminiscent of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year7 Jan. 2006
I don't know why I love this book so much -- I read it on a plane several years ago because I've always admired Foucault and wanted to learn more about him. But Guibert's narrative cuts deep -- it allows you into the mind of someone who's right there, life on the line, his desperation pure and brilliant. The moments of grief, disappointment, but strangely also humor, and of course hope, come at you in these sudden shifts. Anyone who's ever had an extreme experience or had a friend who has gone through life and death s---- will relate to this book immediately.