In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the witty, gregarious editor of French "Elle", suffered a stroke that left him totally paralyzed, able to communicate ...Show synopsisIn 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.Hide synopsis
Description:New. Tight binding with clean text. New First Vintage...New. Tight binding with clean text. New First Vintage International edition. Cover has slight wear along edges. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 144 p. Audience: General/trade. 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. (Converted into a film by painter Julian Schnabel. )
Description:New in new dust jacket. SHIPS FIRST CLASS UPGRADE from NJ: 2-3...New in new dust jacket. SHIPS FIRST CLASS UPGRADE from NJ: 2-3 DAY DELIV( US); GIFT-ABLE as NEW FIRST, FAST DELIVERY; NEW w/DJ NEW (subtle sign of shelf life) AS SHOWN THIS COVER. Text in English, French. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 131 p. Audience: General/trade.10691 10691--Orig publ in France in 1997 as Le scaphandre et le papillon. In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-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 brainstem. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book. By turns wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he had been able to do in his body. He explains the joy, and 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 and of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Again and again he returns to an "inexhaustible reservoir of sensations, " keeping in touch with himself and the life around him. Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. This book is a lasting testament to his life.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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