The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
A Memoir of Life in Death

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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.


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About Jean-Dominique Bauby

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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. He was the father of two children, Theophile and Celeste.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 6, 2008 by Knopf Group E-Books. 146 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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It shows that his rich heart, too, was alive and beating.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jan 25 2011

Reccomended for any reader, both those who love creative nonfiction and those who do not normally read it.

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Baby Got Books

Good
on Feb 25 2008

It is a wonderful sad book.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Alanna M. on Jan 01 2008

Bauby’s story can help the reader realize the extreme hardships others endure, and that with perseverance and hope anything can be accomplished.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly takes its place as a classic in the literature of illness thanks to its radiant prose.

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