The Diving-bell and the Butterfly
7 journalers for this copy...
After suffering a massive stroke, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, found himself completely paralysed, speechless and able only to move one eyelid. With his eyelid he 'dictated' this remarkable book.
Being a speech therapist, I couldn't help but buy this book. I'm half way through it so far and am loving it...especially when he calls his speech therapist his guardian angel. At least we're appreciated by SOME people!
I loved this book. Maybe I loved it especially because I am a speech therapist AND because my grandfather had a stroke when I was a teenager. I love that he was able to still communicate and that we are allowed a glimpse into his life. I already bought two more copies to share with family and friends.
This copy, though, is going to be released in Waterford today as part of the All Around Ireland Challenge.
Change of plans! I have been asked to turn this into a book ring. So far, these are those who have asked to join:
Picked up at the Dublin book crossing meet up held in the Library bar, Central Hotel. May 2007
Thanks Nifferdoodle for starting this ring.
I read this in a night, and it was a lovely written book of short segments of the author's life. He described events in a way that you could imagine them so well, with fine detail…which I suppose is not surprising as he had months of stillness to process events and remember things.
Contacting the next person to pass it on.
I shall be passing this on to carnsoreboxer this afternoon.
Received from Kiwiinengland over coffee today and looking forward to reading it. Will contact microsquid when finished
Good moving story - astonishing what a human being can do!
In the post to microsquid!
Thanks for sharing - Will get to it as soon as I can - I'm swamped by rings at the moment and am trying to do a FIFO system
Wow - this really is a beautiful book. The constraints on the author lead him to crystallise each image to the essentials, although this must be a gift of the translator, too. (I wonder how the Kangaroo poem sounds in French?) and each chapter is vividly conveyed.
It's a lovely easy read - I sped through it in two pre-bedtime blasts - if only more books were so small and perfectly formed!
The ALIS website in English is here
I'll contact juicy-comrade to find out the books next home
received this in the post yesterday and i'm already halfway through it!
what a moving story and a beautifully written book.
Journal Entry 14
Sobell Bookshop (OBCZ) in Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, January 20, 2012
Released 6 yrs ago (1/20/2012 UTC) at Sobell Bookshop (OBCZ) in Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
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On the bookcrossing shelf behind the counter.