The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only... show more
In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival.
Publish date: 2007
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 139
Edition language: English
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.