In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the witty, gregarious editor of French "Elle", suffered a stroke that left him totally paralyzed, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. By doing so, he was able to compose this book--at once a record of appalling suffering and a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the witty, gregarious editor of French "Elle", suffered a stroke that left him totally paralyzed, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. By doing so, he was able to compose this book--at once a record of appalling suffering and a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.Read Less
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I did enjoy this book but recommend that you see the movie version first as I did. Then you have a vivid picture of what is actually happening.
He was incredible as he still used his mind to "go" places where he wanted to "go".
May 7, 2009
an amazing story....very thought provoking and inspiring. I highly recommend reading this book...it will get you to truly think and ponder about your own life problems, solutions and attitudes.
Jan 6, 2009
Unique perspective on loss
I saw the movie first and was very impressed but then I had to read the book. The book is even more amazing. So hard to believe that anyone could have the courage to write this testimony of loosing their control of their own body. I thought it was a wonderful and enjoyable read.
Apr 24, 2008
Required reading for healthcare providers
Each chapter stood alone. And at the end of each chapter he brought closure in his mastery of words to end with a sting of wit. His perception and ability to express his feelings about his situation are certainly what most patients think, but are not able to articulate... even if they can talk. This should be required reading for all healthcare providers, from the doctor to the nursing aide.
Feb 17, 2008
This book is so touching. I loved this because it is very humbling. To tell the truth I was not excited about reading it at first. I had to read it for a college class. I fell into it after the very first page. It is so moving and really makes you think about how precious life is. He is a strong man with a good heart. I would read this again as well as recommend it to my friends.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-04-28 In 1995 Bauby, the 45-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed in all but his left eyelid. Out of this waking nightmare (what the medical community calls "locked-in syndrome") he managed to dictateæletter by letter, in a semaphore of winksæthis memoir of his "life in a jar." He died two days after the book's French publication. Bauby's essays are remarkable simply because they exist, and he earns admiration for having endured, with surprising grace and good humor, what is perhaps the worst imaginable fate. This said, the real poignancy of these pieces is their ordinariness. No deathbed philosopher, Bauby avoids the depths of despair and prefers to view his hospital ward with the sardonic cheerfulness and smiling regrets of an homme moyen sensuel as he remembers meals, baths, work, conversationsæthe pleasures taken from him. There are moments of extraordinary sadness and beautyæwhen, for instance, Bauby dreams at dawn that he can visit his girlfriend, "slide down beside her and stroke her still-sleeping face" or wishes, during a visit from his nine-year-old son, "to ruffle his bristly hair, clasp his downy neck, hug his small, lithe, warm body tight against me." But Bauby's observations, like his prose, stick to the predictable: the everyday is his sustenance. What is most surprising, in the end, is how little he gave in to the loneliness of his "diving bell," how completely he relied on the butterfly of dreams and memory. That is the triumph of his final words. 100,000 first printing. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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