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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death (original 1997; edition 1998)
by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Jeremy Leggatt (Translator)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby (1997)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375701214, Paperback)We've all got our idiosyncrasies when it comes to writing--a special chair we have to sit in, a certain kind of yellow paper we absolutely must use. To create this tremendously affecting memoir, Jean-Dominique Bauby used the only tool available to him--his left eye--with which he blinked out its short chapters, letter by letter. Two years ago, Bauby, then the 43-year-old editor-in-chief of Elle France, suffered a rare stroke to the brain stem; only his left eye and brain escaped damage. Rather than accept his "locked in" situation as a kind of death, Bauby ignited a fire of the imagination under himself and lived his last days--he died two days after the French publication of this slim volume--spiritually unfettered. In these pages Bauby journeys to exotic places he has and has not been, serving himself delectable gourmet meals along the way (surprise: everything's ripe and nothing burns). In the simplest of terms he describes how it feels to see reflected in a window "the head of a man who seemed to have emerged from a vat of formaldehyde."
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:57:02 -0500)
The author, former editor of French Elle magazine, describes the rare stroke to the brain stem that left his mind intact in a nearly totally paralyzed body.
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