The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Movie Tie In Edition) (Paperback)
Vintage, 9780307389251, 144pp.
Publication Date: November 20, 2007
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.
Praise For The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Movie Tie In Edition)…
“A book of surpassing beauty, a testament to the freedom and vitality and delight of the human mind.”
“A wistful, poetic, ironic and whimsically affirmative statement by a man who refused to die in spirit.”
—The New York Times
“One of the great books of the century. . . . You read it at one go, so gripping is the voyage to the inner heart and mind.”