The book and movie are brilliant. This book is great if you want to know the origins of Aids. However, Gaetan Dugas was Not “Patient Zero“. It is believed that Robert Rayford, a black young man from Missouri is the First case of Aids and he died from it in 1969. This was confirmed in 2007 by testing the dead boy’s blood and the results confirmed that he indeed died of AIDS. By reading this book I learned of gay practices I had no idea about, the use of “enhancers” such as poppers, the practicing of something called “fisting”. There was a Huge division within the gay community; those who were monogamous and more family oriented and wanted the bathhouses to close, and the ones that were promiscuous and had had sexual partners in the upward thousands. The book traces the origins of Aids from Africa, the first case reported in 1981 and the latter part of the late 80’s. Sadly Randy Shilts died in 1994. I recommend the HBO movie, it has a Brilliant ensemble cast but Matthew Modine stood out the most as Dr. Don Francis and his Speech in this scene was very powerful.
“How many dead hemophiliacs do you need? How many people have to die to make it cost efficient for you people to do something about it? A hundred? A thousand? Give us a number so we won’t annoy you again until the amount of money you begin spending on lawsuits makes it more profitable for you to save people then to kill them?”
Another book recommended to me is The River by Edward Hooper.
I just got this wonderful book in the mail. Had been eagerly waiting for it since I’ve heard great things about it. I cannot wait to read it.
Say hello to hygge This wonderful article talks about how this book has become a best seller and how not only the Danish but the Scandinavian way of life is a great way to live.
I cannot wait to read this corky book. 🙂 I usually don’t like to read books that everyone else reads but I’ve heard so many great things about it and the quotes are so great makes me want to read it all the more. Plus the fact that is set in the 1980’s. It’s now on my kindle awaiting its turn to be read. 🙂
Fantastic movie!! I usually read the book before seeing a movie or see the movie and if I find it’s based on a book and I liked the film then I read the book. Jessica Chastain is one of my favorite actresses and I could not resist. Beautiful movie, incredibly well acted. I cannot wait to read the book.
Persepolis is a brilliant French-Iranian autobiographical animated film based on the life of Marjane Satrapi. The movie bears the same name and it tells the story of the Iranian revolution told through the eyes of Marjane as a child and into her young adulthood. I urge people to see this film if they haven’t seen it, and to read the book as well. This wonderful website based in the UK, has gone worldwide and is a Real Treat for book lovers like me. I ordered some stickers and sooner than later will leave a book I have read somewhere on planet earth with the sticker for someone else to find and enjoy. Emma Watson is part of this wonderful movement.
Someone can win a copy of the book with a personal signature by the actress Emma Watson. For more details check out the Book Fairies website.