The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

by Jean-Dominique Bauby | Gay & Lesbian |
ISBN: 0375401156 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tabby-cat-owner of Bellingham, Washington USA on 8/30/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by tabby-cat-owner from Bellingham, Washington USA on Friday, August 30, 2019
The astonishing, profoundly moving memoir of a man afflicted by locked-in syndrome, a state of virtually total paralysis that leaves the victim, in the author's own words, "like a mind in a jar". In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor of the French magazine, "Elle". He was the father of two children, a forty-three-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 brain stem. After twenty days in a coma, Bauby woke into a body that had stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see, and by blinking, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail, blinking to select letters one by one as a special alphabet was slowing recited to him, over and over again. In the same way, he was eventually able to compose this extraordinary book. By turns, mischievous, angry and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he was able to in his body. He explains the joy, and the 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; of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the publication of this book.

This book was left in the Little Free Library. It was released for the 2019 You're Such An Animal release challenge and the Never Judge A Book by its Cover release challenge. (A Memoir)

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