The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Pdf

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Number of page: 131
Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008
ISBN: 9780307454836
Category: Social Science

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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

About The Author

JEAN-DOMINIQUE BAUBY was born in France in 1952. He attended school in Paris. After working as a journalist for a number of years, Bauby became the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine in Paris in 1991. On December 8, 1995 he had a stroke which left him with the condition known as locked-in syndrome. Bauby died on March 9, 1997, two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He was the father of two children, Theophile and Celeste.


  • A Google UserA Google User
    Review: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly In 1995, JeanDominique Bauby was the editorinchief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44yearold 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
  • Eleison DiettrichEleison Diettrich
    Extraordinaire It’s outstanding, spiritual lifting, brilliant!
  • Nicole WillyNicole Willy
    Beautiful Amazing inspiration, beautiful story!
  • Kylie LammersKylie Lammers
    Beautiful and heart wrenching!
  • Dave GissemanDave Gisseman
    Wow What an amazing story. A must read.
  • Jack FranklinJack Franklin
    Amazing story. Had to read it for English class and I’m a guy who loves action, comedy and mystery. But this book is so captivating I couldn’t help but read more
  • Thiesing FamilyThiesing Family
    Very interesting perspective, not quite as grand of a story as I’d anticipated. Worth a read.
  • dele2451dele2451
    LibraryThing Review To dictate a book entirely by blinking one eye is an astonishing feat in itself. To dictate one this good is just shy of a miracle. Our world owes a significant debt of gratitude to Claude Mendibil for helping Mr Bauby set his words free.
  • Michael.XolotlMichael.Xolotl
    LibraryThing Review Beautiful, terrifying, and inspiring.
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