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Diving Bell and the Butterfly (97 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9780375701214
ISBN10: 0375701214
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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.

Review:

"A wistful, poetic, ironic and whimsically affirmative testament by a man who refused to die in spirit." The New York Times

Review:

"A book of surpassing beauty, a testament to the freedom and vitality and delight of the human mind." Oliver Sacks

Review:

"Bauby dictated, letter by letter, the 28 tiny personal essays of this book. They demonstrate indisputably Bauby's irrepressible love of life." Booklist

Review:

"Although every word cost the author a superhuman effort, the prose is not sickbed telegraphese but rather as light as the sprightliest humor, as pungent as the taste of cooking apricots, as vigorous as the step of a young man setting out on a first date. Read this book and fall back in love with life." Edmund White

Review:

"As riveting as a narrative from an explorer of deep space, this communication from a mind imprisoned in an unresponsive body is remarkable for its utter lack of self-pity or sentimentality....An unforgettable read." Andrew Weil

Review:

"This heartbreaking story by a uniquely gifted writer is about transforming pain into creativity, human despair into literary miracle." Elie Wiesel

About the Author

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.

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kandigar, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by kandigar)
This book is written by the man who, after a stroke, shares the experience of how his caregivers would treat him like he couldn't hear, see or understand them which was not true. He understood everything that was said and done to him but since he couldn't speak or move, was treated roughly and spoken to harshly.
As a person in the medical field, I found it very disturbing as I could see myself also treating stroke patients in some of those similar circmstances when a nurse just doesn't reach out to try to find out if the patient can even respond in the smallest way or attempt to work out a program to find a solution if possible, to assist them with communication.
This book is an eye opener and one that I think everyone in the medical field should be required to read before taking care of any patient with a stroke or any kind of closed head injury. At times during the reading of this book, I remembered how I would talk to my stroke or closed head injury patient and found my actions could be classified as inapproiare and possibly insulting to the patient who may just be able to understand everything I said and understand everything going on around them but we, as the caregivers, just didn't know it.
This book is powerfully moving and anyone who reads it will not be disappointed.
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nitinraje, November 27, 2008 (view all comments by nitinraje)
Jean Dominiqu Bauby is a increadible man and he fight with his death.
This book is gift from GOD for us.
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Natalie Zhikhareva, November 24, 2008 (view all comments by Natalie Zhikhareva)
This is the most touching book I have ever read. It's a fast read but don't let it fool you. It makes one realize how precious life is and how much we take for granted. I couldn't put it down!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701214
Author:
Bauby, Jean-dominique
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Translator:
Leggatt, Jeremy
Author:
Leggatt, Jeremy
Author:
Bauby, Jean-Dominique
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Specific Groups
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Cerebrovascular disease
Subject:
Editors
Subject:
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Subject:
Periodical editors
Subject:
Quadriplegia
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Bauby, Jean-Dominique - Health
Subject:
Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients -- France.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
GTR-385
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.07x5.15x.39 in. .30 lbs.

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Product details 144 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375701214 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A wistful, poetic, ironic and whimsically affirmative testament by a man who refused to die in spirit."
"Review" by , "A book of surpassing beauty, a testament to the freedom and vitality and delight of the human mind."
"Review" by , "Bauby dictated, letter by letter, the 28 tiny personal essays of this book. They demonstrate indisputably Bauby's irrepressible love of life."
"Review" by , "Although every word cost the author a superhuman effort, the prose is not sickbed telegraphese but rather as light as the sprightliest humor, as pungent as the taste of cooking apricots, as vigorous as the step of a young man setting out on a first date. Read this book and fall back in love with life."
"Review" by , "As riveting as a narrative from an explorer of deep space, this communication from a mind imprisoned in an unresponsive body is remarkable for its utter lack of self-pity or sentimentality....An unforgettable read."
"Review" by , "This heartbreaking story by a uniquely gifted writer is about transforming pain into creativity, human despair into literary miracle."
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