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By Paul Monette

A baby of the Fifties from a small New England city, "perfect Paul" earns immediately A's and shines in social and literary ambitions, the entire whereas protecting a mystery -- from himself and the remainder of the realm. suffering to be, or no less than to mimic, a directly guy, via Ivy League halls of privilege and bohemian travels in a foreign country, loveless intimacy and unrequited ardour, Paul Monette was once haunted, and eventually stored, by way of a dream of "the factor I'd by no means even visible: males in love and laughing."

Searingly sincere, witty, and humane, Becoming a Man is the definitive coming-out tale within the vintage coming-of-age genre.

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You look—What? ” “Yes—yes. I liked swimming across the pond with you,” I said with unplanned passion. Why was I revealing feelings for him? Why was I concealing the pain? He offered a mug of tea. I reached for it with my bad arm, as if to illustrate that nothing was wrong. “Perhaps we could go again today,” I said. But the cup was oddly heavy in my hand; I could barely bring it to my trembling lips. POENA Romantic and physical pain have nothing to do with each other, I firmly believed at that time, just as there is no likeness between a broken heart and a heart attack.

I. Title. [DNLM: 1. Pain—etiology—Personal Narratives. 2. Chronic Disease—psychology—Personal Narratives. 3. Chronic Disease—therapy—Personal Narratives. 4. Pain—psychology—Personal Narratives. 5. Pain—therapy—Personal Narratives. com 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 Some names, certain locations, and identifying details of people have been changed to protect their privacy. For my parents Dolor dictat CONTENTS Introduction: The Telegram I. THE VALE OF PAIN, THE VEIL OF PAIN: PAIN AS METAPHOR Dolor Dictat Pain Diary: I Keep a Secret Poena The Descent of Pain Their Eyes Were Open to Suffering Evil, Hurtful Things of Darkness No God Came to the Rescue, No Goddess Took Pity on Me Pain Diary: I Avoid Diagnosis Acute and Chronic Pain Destroyer of Grief The Plan The Placebo Dilemma Repressed Negative Emotions Thistles to Thee Jesus’ Pain The Martyr’s Paradox Trial by Ordeal Pain Diary: I Decide to Get a Diagnosis The Body in Pain Pioneer Girl II.

I thrust the baby back into his mother’s arms immediately, smarting, but the touch of pain tingled as dusk gathered and the air began to chill. I continued my conversations. I thought of it as a brush of mortality, a reminder that these parties could not go on forever. Light began to fill Kurt’s bedroom, and pain filled the house of my body like smoke. I thought of a deer I had seen once as a child on a hiking trip in a summer nature camp. Its leg had disappeared beneath a tangle of roots. As our troop came near, the animal began to thrash, making a huge rustling noise, twisting its neck in desperation.

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