“Love and death. For a generation of gay men, love and death were inextricably intertwined. To love in the age of AIDS was to mourn”."HIV-positive“
is no longer a death sentence. Modern medicines allow many of the infected people to live a long and normal life.
It was different at the beginning of the epidemic, it was a terrible time, not only because the NUMBERS of deaths are so impressively terrifying, but mostly because how little we knew about the disease.
AIDS erased a whole generation of gay men. (By 1994, AIDS was the leading cause of death among Americans ages 25 to 44.) But all these human tragedies remain often just NUMBERS if we are not personally affected. We experienced so many misfortunes, and catastrophes in the world recently, why should we care about events that took place over 30 years ago. Yes, we should and have and need.
[b:The Sea Is Quiet Tonight: A Memoir|31457872|The Sea Is Quiet Tonight A Memoir|Michael H. Ward|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1473728246s/31457872.jpg|52162558] is one of those books that makes NUMBERS to FACES.
[a:Michael H. Ward|15616910|Michael H. Ward|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1473713912p2/15616910.jpg] dedicated his debut novel to his partner Mark Halberstadt, who died back in the early eighties, when getting an AIDS diagnose was equal to a death penalty. Sure, there were treatments (most of them very painful for all participants), but before antiviral drugs came on the mark, all these treatments were just delaying the inevitable.
It is an autobiographical non-fictional book, that can be though read as a fictional book. The author did a great job in conveying the atmosphere of the 80s, the early days of the epidemic, but also giving insights in his private life at that time. [b:The Sea Is Quiet Tonight: A Memoir|31457872|The Sea Is Quiet Tonight A Memoir|Michael H. Ward|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1473728246s/31457872.jpg|52162558] is about two men who met, fell in love, and stayed together up to an inescapable end, a story about a difficult relationship, with all of its ups and downs, before and during the plague. It is a good written and very personal book about love, life and death.
I really enjoyed reading it, even if the word enjoy
sounds out of place in this context.
Comparing to [b:Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir|52614|Borrowed Time An AIDS Memoir|Paul Monette|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1283824906s/52614.jpg|2596511] by [a:Paul Monette|29691|Paul Monette|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1238994206p2/29691.jpg] less painful - you won't be able to read it with dry eyes though - but very emotional, realistic, honest, heartbreaking, intimate and... yes, also brutally beautiful. **Copy provided by Querelle Independent via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**