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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Bauby, Jean-Dominique (Book - 1997)
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Authors: Bauby, Jean-Dominique, 1952-1997
Uniform Title: Scaphandre et le papillon
Title: The diving bell and the butterfly
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997
Characteristics: 131 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jean-Dominique Bauby ; translated from the French by Jeremy Leggatt
ISBN: 0375401156
Branch Call Number: 362.19681 B3372d 1997
Subject Headings: Periodical editors France Biography Cerebrovascular disease Patients France Biography Bauby, Jean-Dominique, 1952-1997
Topical Term: Periodical editors
Cerebrovascular disease
LCCN: 97071922
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Bauby wrote this book after suffering a stroke that left him nearly immobilized. Read on to discover how the author's imagination and determination allowed him to continue living well, or try the movie: http://multcolib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1734044068_diving_bell_and_the_butterfly

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