The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly

Paperback | May 3, 2004

byJean-Dominique Bauby

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'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. The acclaimed 2007 film adaptation, directed by Julian Schnabel, won Best Director at Cannes and was nominated for the Palme d'Or.

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'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 massi...

Jean-Dominique Bauby was born in Paris in 1952. He was the editor-in-chief of French 'Elle'. In 1996 he set up ALIS (Association du Locked-In Syndrome). He died on 9 March 1997.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:May 3, 2004Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Remarkable A tremendous piece of literature. Every word translated from a series of blinks, it really makes you appreciate the small things. " A staggering piece of work. It represents an almost inconceivable act of generosity, the gift of the mind and spirit for which writing was designed." - A.L. Kennedy I couldn't have said it better myself.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Story This is a fascinating story about a man who has a stroke which results in lock-in syndrome, which leaves him only able to blink his one eye. It is a passionate story about love, loss, and loyalty. Well written. An excellent French movie with English subtitles was created and released this past year.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read for professionals or caregivers of stroke survivors Beautiful, moving, insightful account of one man's experience with "locked-in syndrome" following a stroke. Reminds us that language abilities and intelligence are not synonymous. As a speech-language pathologist, it has rejuvenated and inspired me to be more patient, more creative and always persistent. Great read.
Date published: 2008-01-25

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'The most remarkable memoir of our time.' Cynthia Ozick'Read this book and fall back in love with life.' Edmund White'A staggering piece of work. It represents an almost inconceivable act of generosity, the gift of the mind and the spirit for which writing was designed.' A. L. Kennedy'One of the great books of the century.' Financial Times'Everyone in the country should own at least one copy.' Guardian'We listen, because what he has to say goes to the core of what it means to be human.' Robert McCrum, Observer'The most extraordinary book of the year.' Daily Telegraph'Life-enhancing and devastating in equal measure - everyone should read it.' Gloss magazine