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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death - Jean-Dominique Bauby, Jeremy Leggatt
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
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In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem.  After 20... show more
In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem.  After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book.By turns wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he had been able to do in his body. He explains the joy, and deep sadness, of seeing his children and of hearing his aged father's voice on the phone. In magical sequences, he imagines traveling to other places and times and of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Again and again he returns to an "inexhaustible reservoir of sensations," keeping in touch with himself and the life around him.Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. This book is a lasting testament to his life.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375701214 (0375701214)
ASIN: 375701214
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 132
Edition language: English
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Nithou's Readings
Nithou's Readings rated it
2.0 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
Même si le fait d'écrire un livre dans cet état relève du défi, je n'ai pas trouvé personnellement énormément d'intérêt au livre, si ce n'est une enfilade de moments sans vraiment de liens ou d'évolution. Bien sûr la condition interpelle, certains moments sont touchants, mais ce n'est pas exactement...
Couscous
Couscous rated it
Endlich hab ich dieses Buch mal aus meinem SuB geklaubt.Beeindruckend selbstironisch beschreibt Bauby seinen "Alltag". Schon allein die Vorstellung, wie er dieses Buch "diktiert" hat, verursacht Beklemmungen bei mir.
Barrita
Barrita rated it
3.5 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Aunque ciertamente el libro sería mucho menos poderoso si no se considerada el método con el cuál fue escrito y la historia del autor, eso no significa que perdería todo su mérito si así fuera. El narrador no es particularmente agradable y por momentos es terriblemente chocante. Quizá lo realmente...
rionafaith
rionafaith rated it
The first time I heard about Locked-In Syndrome was on that episode of House. I almost didn't believe it was a real condition at first, it seemed so horrific. Being trapped in your own body like that, with a mind as sharp as ever but unable to control your body or communicate? It's the stuff of nigh...
travelin
travelin rated it
3.0 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
If he could have just held out a little longer, technology and time enough for the body to heal might have made his condition seem far less tragic.
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