Number of page: 146
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Category: Biography & Autobiography
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.
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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 Diettrich
Extraordinaire It’s outstanding, spiritual lifting, brilliant!
- Nicole Willy
Beautiful Amazing inspiration, beautiful story!
- Kylie Lammers
Beautiful and heart wrenching!
- Dave Gisseman
Wow What an amazing story. A must read.
- Jack 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
LibraryThing Review Poignant and fleeting. Beautiful, haunting images of a life and luxury taken for granted.
LibraryThing Review Beautiful, terrifying, and inspiring.
LibraryThing Review What a book! The story behind the story is tragic and as Bauby’s struggle is revealed, so too is the resilient nature of the human spirit. Wonderfully uplifting and moving, this book is definitely worth a look.