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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death

ISBN 10: 0375701214 / 0-375-70121-4
ISBN 13: 9780375701214
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Softcover
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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:

"His account of the Naval Hospital...is vivid and occasionally grotesque."

D.J. Enright, Times Literary Supplement, 04/18/1997

Review:

"Bauby managed to write a book as moving as Job's and as expansive, in its way, as any composed by the wheelchaired, boundless Stephen Hawking....Bauby allows that his 'communication system disqualifies repartee,' but it does beautiful service to all sorts of physical and emotional description....in this strong, slim volume the author displays a writerly control equal to his honesty...There are scenes in Bauby's narrative...that one might be inclined to describe as unbearably sad, if 'unbearable,' thanks to this book, were not a word one will never again use quite so loosely."

Thomas Mallon, New York Times Book Review

 

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