Diving Bell and the Butterfly A Memoir of Life in Death

ISBN-10: 0307389251

ISBN-13: 9780307389251

Edition: Movie Tie-In 

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In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French "Elle, "suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of "locked in syndrome." Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir. In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival.
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Jean-Dominique Bauby was just 43 years old when he suffered a massive stroke. At the time, he was a magazine editor. While the stroke spared Bauby's life and mind, it left him paralyzed. Self-described as "like a mind in a jar," Bauby was unable to move or speak. His only means of communication was his ability to blink his left eyelid. Before this condition claimed his life, Bauby painfully put his experiences and wisdom into the books, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, by correlating eye-blinking patterns and the French alphabet for transcription.

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