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To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life Paperback – 1 Mar 1995


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; New edition edition (1 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704302446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704302440
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 22 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
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.
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Reminiscent of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year 7 Jan. 2006
By Earl R. Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"In a series of diary-like chapters, reminiscent of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, the narrator, a homosexual writer in his early 30s, records his own first response to AIDS, as well as the way the disease insidiously begins to affect a whole community. He notes how friendships, families, and affections are tested, and sometimes--though rarely--found wanting."--© zebraz
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on the line 6 Sept. 2013
By John D. Blanco - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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