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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly By Jean-Dominique Bauby Jeremy Leggatt The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Locked in syndrome paralysed from head to toe the patient his mind intact is imprisoned inside his own body unable to speak or move In my case blinking my left eyelid is my only means of communic
  • Title: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby Jeremy Leggatt
  • ISBN: 9780375701214
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly By Jean-Dominique Bauby Jeremy Leggatt Locked in syndrome paralysed from head to toe, the patient, his mind intact, is imprisoned inside his own body, unable to speak or move In my case, blinking my left eyelid is my only means of communication In December 1995, Jean Dominique Bauby, editor in chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed Locked in syndrome paralysed from head to toe, the patient, his mind intact, is imprisoned inside his own body, unable to speak or move In my case, blinking my left eyelid is my only means of communication In December 1995, Jean Dominique Bauby, editor in chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed and speechless, but entirely conscious, trapped by what doctors call locked in syndrome Using his only functioning muscle his left eyelid he began dictating this remarkable story, painstakingly spelling it out letter by letter.His book offers a haunting, harrowing look inside the cruel prison of locked in syndrome, but it is also a triumph of the human spirit.
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    1. Jean-Dominique Bauby Jeremy Leggatt

      Jean Dominique Bauby was a well known French journalist and author and editor of the French fashion magazine, ELLE.On December 8, 1995 at the age of 43, Bauby suffered a massive stroke When he woke up twenty days later, he found he was entirely speechless he could only blink his left eyelid This rare condition is called Locked in Syndrome, a condition wherein the mental faculties are intact but the entire body is paralyzed Bauby also lost 60 pounds in the first 20 weeks after his stroke.Despite his condition, he wrote the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was reached by a person slowly reciting the alphabet over and over again Bauby had to compose and edit the book entirely in his head, and convey it one letter at a time To make dictation efficient, Bauby had his interlocutor read from a special alphabet which consisted of the letters ordered in accordance with their frequency in the French language The book was published in France in 1997 Bauby died just ten days later of pneumonia He is buried in a family grave at the P re Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France.

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    1. Words flow like the images and emotions of poetry One thought leads to another The rambling mind touches like a butterfly, just long enough to draw the essence from a story, and then moves fluidly to another Jean Dominique Bauby s body was an immobile weighty shell the diving bell his perfect simile Yet in his head he roved the world and composed the words that would let us in Intent on looking for the cure to let him move again, he moves forward in his final words We must keep looking I ll be o [...]


    2. Does it take the harsh light of disaster to show a person s true nature The situation is unimaginable waking from a coma to find yourself trapped in your own body, able to think clearly and understand what is going on around you, but unable to partake in any of what transpires It s called locked in syndrome, and Jean Dominique Bauby finds himself a victim of it when he awakes from a coma following a serious stroke that damaged his brain stem and left him almost totally paralyzed he has only limi [...]


    3. I know I will likely get flayed alive for rating this one so low, but I just can t see the worship behind itFirst, let me say that the writing of the book by someone in such a state is an amazing accomplishment and I dare not take that away from him For those that don t know, it was dictated by Jean Dominique Bauby former editor of the french Elle who had a severe seizure and after damage to his brain stem, was diagnosed with locked in syndrome The entire book was dictated, letter by letter, by [...]



    4. Prognosis Man can be inspired and find beauty even at his own death bed.But there is a question even Bauby asks himself Does all of this a novel make No Not even a decent.dote It is, however, testament of the prognosis which questions the central Meaning of Life question Bauby finds personal beauty, even if he cannot do anything with it but blink it in code to his nurse since he is absolutely paralyzed But this is no Anne Frank, however This is no beauty pertaining to a person trapped I feel som [...]


    5. Jean Dominique Baube, the forty something editor of Elle magazine in Paris, husband, father, was stricken by a rare brain disease After several weeks in a coma he awoke to find that he was a prisoner inside his own body, with control over only his left eye, and motion limited to twisting his head left and right, somewhat Yet this man managed, with help, to not only maintain his sanity and his optimism, but his appreciation of beauty and his sense of humor This is a case in which imagination is a [...]


    6. spoiler alert In 1995, Jean Dominique Bauby, the editor in chief of French Elle magazine, suffered a massive stroke to his brain stem which left him totally paralyzed and in a condition called locked in syndrome He could only move his left eyelid For my part, I would have preferred to have died instantly than to have suffered what Mr Bauby suffered But we don t always get to choose, and to his credit he seems to have made the best of his situation He did write this book after all, but only by di [...]


    7. The Diving Bell and the ButterflyLocked in syndrome totally paralyzed, unable to speak, but completely conscious I find it hard to imagine a condition that s worse than this one People who suffer a stroke, are at a risk to suffer from this condition luckily, mostly not this bad Is there still dignity in a life like this The writer of this memoir, suffered from this condition, and was only able to move one eye His left eye Needless to say this was a powerful read Its popularity is partly due to t [...]



    8. O carte scris liter cu liter , unde fiecare liter reprezint o mi care de pleoap O singur pleoap spune povestea unui om zidit n propriul trup, al c rui suflet evadeaz n imagina ie i n amintiri Un suflet viu ntr un trup aproape mort, afectat de locked in syndrome.Recomand aceast carte tuturor celor care se simt locked in Bloca i n propriile vie i, incapabili s comunice cu cei din jur, care sunt la r ndul lor prin i n capcan de propria existen , de propria rutin Pentru c autorul ne arat cum a conti [...]


    9. I won t recommend reading this book while signing up for insurance I started a job recently and was overwhelmed by the different ways I could insure myself and loved ones against horrible tidings The following are actual insurance plans I couldn t make these up Benefits Department Do you want life insurance Me Yes Someone should profit from my death Party at the funeral home Benefits Department Do you want supplement group variable universal life insurance Me I could be worth 2.5 million Tell my [...]


    10. This book involves 28 short stories, or you can say, pieces of memory from the former editor of French Elle magazine, Jean Dominique Bauby, who was permanently paralyzed after a severe stroke His only way of communication was by blinking his left eye and that was how he patiently spelled this book out As he put it, and I firmly believed in him, that his main task was to compose the first of these bedridden travel notes so that I shall be ready when my publisher s emissary arrives to take my dict [...]


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    12. I just saw the movie adaptation last Friday, the day before my father in law passed away perhaps not the best time, but I m the type of person who refuses to get myself out of my mood, but prefers to dwell on my feelings I actually found the movie much darker than the book itself, which I read when it first came out in English As the book s from his perspective, we are spared the experience of the silence and loneliness he is encased in The movie, in contrast, depicts just how terrifying and iso [...]


    13. When I first heard about it I did not think it would be the sort of thing I would be interested in reading and definately not the sort of thing I would be interested in watching having heard it had recently been turned into a film One of my best friends, a man who is a great deal sensitive and open minded than I could ever hope to be asked me if i d read it A book about a man who wrote the book by blinking one eyelid I asked But I like the Die Hard Quadrology, 300 and Wilbur Smith novels where [...]


    14. this is quite an achievement e writer a quadraplegic with locked in syndrome who died shortly after the publication of this book mangages to make himself into a totally unsympathetic character.i really disliked this book i suppose because it has gained such an good reputation this is mis lit at its worst the author is completely self obsessed perhaps unsurprisingly and the profundity is not much above that found in a Hallmark card it seems that the things the author misses most are his trips to [...]




    15. This is one of those books where the story behind the story was interesting to me than the book itself For those who don t know, Jean Dominique Bauby the former editor in chief of French Elle, had a stroke in his mid 40 s that left him with a body entirely paralyzed but a mind fully intact This is referred to as locked in syndrome, a condition that, in the author s words, is like a mind in a jar The one part of his body that Bauby could move was his left eyelid Remarkably, he was able to use th [...]


    16. Anyone that is able to get through this without showing the slightest bit of emotion is not a human being A remarkable story of a remarkable man, so full of life one minute and reduced to movement in one eye the next, a haunting, harrowing look inside the mind of a person with locked in syndrome you would think this would end up as a rant of anger and why did this happen to me , but his dignified manner and spirit was truly inspirational and caught me out at just how uplifting it would turn out [...]


    17. I read it in an afternoon and it is, in one word, beautiful This book was, for me, about the simple things we often overlook, mostly because we re too busy and don t take the time to actually look, but also because seeing takes a particular state of mind, it requires an openness, that is not always easy to come by Jean Dominique definitely had the time to observe the world, and the immensity of the strength, courage and determination it took to put a fraction of those things onto paper is enough [...]



    18. A Small Book with a Big Soul Jean Dominique Bauby s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a small book composed of many big wonders Primary among this book s extraordinary qualities is the fact that Bauby, a former editor in chief of the world famous French Elle, was able to write it at all after suffering a stroke to his brain stem and spending 20 days in a coma, Bauby regained command of a nearly clairvoyant intellect but lost all authority over his body The sole physical function he retained w [...]



    19. This was a difficult read with regards to subject matter, but not when it comes to writing style Jean Dominique Bauby, the former editor of the French edition of Elle magazine, was paralyzed after a huge stroke It s amazing to me that he dictated this book letter by letter by blinking one eyelid, the only part of his body that wasn t paralyzed The fact that he managed to keep his brain engaged and alive given his situation is a miracle This book is heartbreaking, insightful, and so uplifting Her [...]


    20. The power of this short memoir is that it exists.The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a collection of short reflections and anecdotes by Jean Dominique Bauby, the once editor of the French Elle who at age forty three suffered a massive stroke that left him completely paralyzed, unable to move or communicate save by blinking his left eye.Knowing this, every page of prose is a modern miracle It helps that the prose is really good.The experience of reading this, then, becomes a source of great cogn [...]


    21. I had forgotten I read this some time ago, but it still sticks with me today I also saw the movie, which I thought stayed true to the book, but also added visuals which really brought this story alive Interesting choice of wordsive I don t know if I would want to be alive in this state This was a very unique look at a disease called locked in syndrome.


    22. The wide margins and short chapters of this thin volume are important physical features Bauby s memoir They re a constant reminder that every word, every letter came at a very high cost It s impossible to forget, if a passage seems short, that it had to be dictated one letter at a time, using an amazingly laborious process called partner assisted scanning an interlocutor recites the alphabet until the speaker indicates the correct letter has been reached, at which point the letter is copied down [...]


    23. This book is simply beautiful I wish my French was still good enough to read the original version, but this was still an incredible translation.It reads like a series of vignettes, and Bauby s writing is just gorgeous This is a quick read it s under 200 pages, and the text itself doesn t take up much of the page but it is incredibly emotionally impactful.


    24. This is a series of vignettes composed and painstakingly dictated by a man with locked in syndrome He could only communicate with eye blinks, but had a very fertile and sharp mind He shares what it s like to live with his condition, as well as stories from his life before the stroke that stole his freedom There is sadness, of course, and a certain amount of why me , but it s never maudlin, and he managed to keep his sense of humor Very short and worth reading Be grateful for the small things you [...]


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