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Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
ISBN13: 978-1857027945
Title: The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
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Language: English
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Publisher: Fourth Estate (1998)
Pages: 144

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby

By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem. 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.

By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem.

Bauby, Jean-Dominique, 1952-1997. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book The diving bell and the butterfly : a memoir of life in death, Jean-Dominique Bauby ; translated from the French by Jeremy Leggatt.

Jean-Dominique Bauby. The diving bell and the butterfly. A Memoir of Life in Death. Translated from French by Jereny Leggatt. For my children, Th?ophile and C?lest. nd my deepest gratitude to Claude Mendibil, whose all-important contribution to these pages. will become clear as my story unfolds. Contents ← Jean-Dominique Bauby. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly → About the Author.

By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brain stem. In the same way, he was eventually able 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 in his body. Again and again he returns to an "inexhaustible reservoir of sensations," keeping in touch with himself and the life around him.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Acclaim for Jean-Dominique Bauby’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly The sentences soar, unburdened by self-pity or despair, and the progression of short, lyrical chapters begin to resemble the beating of wings. Acclaim for Jean-Dominique Bauby’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly The sentences soar, unburdened by self-pity or despair, and the progression of short, lyrical chapters begin to resemble the beating of wings. For my children, Théophile and Céleste.

We must keep looking. Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Today it seems to me that my whole life was nothing but a string of those small near misses: a race whose result we know beforehand but in which we fail to bet on the winner. Some of them are serious in tone, discussing the meaning of life, invoking the supremacy of the soul, the mystery of every existence. And by a curious reversal, the people who focus most closely on these fundamental questions tend to be people I had known only superficially. Their small talk has masked hidden depths.

Amazon.com Review 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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reviews: 7
Tears rolled down my cheeks as I finished this book, but not because of the tragedy of Bauby's illness. I was filled with gratitude for the loving gift to the world that this slim book is. It is not at all what I expected after seeing Julian Schnabel's movie. Which is not to criticize the movie, but the book itself is something very different. It is a sensitive, humorous, and beautifully written reflection that conveys Bauby's appreciation for life--before his illness and even after it. His quick and nimble mind, the butterfly, roams freely, lighting on his memories, his loves, people who touched him, evoking the preciousness of experience.
A Review of: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby
The 8th of December 1995 began as a relatively unremarkable day for Jean-Dominique Bauby, Editor of Elle magazine in France. That evening, Jean-Dominique would endure a colossal cerebrovascular accident that would leave him with locked in syndrome, resulting in the inability to move and speak. Using a ghostwriter, Claude Mendibil, and only the blinking of his left eye, Bauby gives the reader a glimpse into his current life and thoughts as well as overlooked memories form his past. Jean-Dominique’s use of a diving bell and a butterfly encompass his take on his new life, restricted in body but free in mind to take flight to new and old places. His descriptive telling of the experiences, thoughts and memories Bauby has draws the reader in and reminds us to cherish even the most mundane of experiences. The following paragraphs will highlight some of his experiences in the chapters.
Prologue: The initial introduction to Jean-Dominique’s waking life. The pain he experiences upon waking without the ability to move or sense whether he is hot or cold. It is here the reader first understands what lock in syndrome is and how while it is quite awful, he is able to escape reality by exploring in his mind and creating vivid scenes as well as re-experience memories.
The Wheelchair: A number of white-coated professionals place him in a wheelchair for the first time. He still unsure exactly what his situation is and remains the same after his short lived and unceremonious wheel chair experience when he is left alone once again. This should an eye opener for all professionals that while we are busy individuals we must take time to be present with our patients.
Prayer: This chapter discusses Bauby’s realization of needed to achieve smaller goals rather than grandiose plans. In his mind and prayers, he assigns each spirit a specific healing task that brings a small comfort but little reprieve.
The Alphabet: Bauby uses the French alphabet ordered by frequency to communicate. He discusses the simple yet tedious way he converses with others as well as the differences in communication partners that can be both fatiguing and enjoyable.
Tourists: Bauby describes the rehabilitation room, a place where individuals of various levels of ability work on their recovery. During a particular exercise, he expresses feeling like a statue in a room full of tourists, who cannot acknowledge him.
Guardian Angel: Sandrine, his speech therapist and guardian angel, returned to him the ability to communicate and remain connected with others. Unfortunately, we are also told that many of his caretakers fail to use this communication mode resulting frustrating experiences.
The Photo: This chapter reminisces about his last time spent with his father, one where he was the caretaker for his fail elderly father, prior to the stroke. The contrast between his positions then and now points out how fast situations can change for any one of us.
Voice Offstage and My Lucky Day: Here Jean-Dominique briefly discusses his fears and discontent with medical professionals as well as his own body.
Through a Glass, Darkly: It is Father’s Day, and Jean Dominique writes of the tender love of his children and they way they are have grown into personalities that are influenced by their lives.
Paris: A description of his how his views and feelings towards the city of Paris, Bauby is reminded during his trips to Paris that the city has continued to bustle and time has gone on without him.
The Vegetable: This chapter marks 6 months since the dramatic shift in his life; he now sends monthly letters to family and friends. He receives many in return and feels proud to be able to exert his unwillingness to be called a vegetable, if even not in his presence.
Twenty to One: A now painful memory of a trip to the racetrack with an old friend, where conversation, enjoyment, food and drink resulted in the loss of opportunity to win 20:1 odds on a particular racehorse, one who’s name he struggles to remember. This chapter is full of regret of for opportunities not seized but also of opportunities he will never again experience.
The Duck Hunt: The stroke left him with hearing problems that make everyday noises sometimes unbearable, in this case the incessant quacking of a nearby patient’s movement detection device. He retreats to his mind and listen to butterflies to escape the unbearable noise.
Sunday: His least favourite day of the week. The hospital becomes a ghost town with only minimal staff and visitors. This day is often lonely, particularly since he is unable to adjust the television or read a book by himself.
The Ladies of Hong Kong: Here he describes his mind’s travels from places he a been a number times to others like Hong Kong, where fate has always disallowed him. He also recalls a memory of a friend who was captured and held by the Hezbollah for years and ponders the fact that he now feels imprisoned much as his friend was.
“A Day in the Life”: This second to last chapter is where the read will at least read about the day when his life was forever changed. His description of the day as well as the songs on the radio give the impression that he had no idea what was to come.
Season of Renewal: This final chapter describes some of his progress, his joy of family time, and his acknowledgement of his new life.
My only criticism is that while Jean-Dominique’s descriptions are both eloquent and vivid enough to paint a picture of his experiences, each chapter feels separate from the next, leaving the reader to try and piece together the bigger picture. This does not overly distract from the enormity of the task Bauby completed writing his memoir only blinking his left eye.
Finally, any individual who works in the medical setting will find insight both into patient’s lives and how they can improve their experiences in the smallest of ways. This memoir may also benefit those who have loved ones who have experienced the devastation a stroke can cause by giving them a small glimpse into the mind of someone who is no longer able to communicate as they once were. This book also gives hope that though life may be permanently altered by terrible events, there can be renewal and new joy in the unexpected.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a must read kind of book. Its author did not write it in a conventional way. Jean-Dominique Bauby, a 43 year old French man, who was the editor chief of Elle magazine in France, wrote this book with his eyelid. He suffered a stroke that caused him to lose the ability to control or move his entire body but one eye lid. His intellect was intact, and he could hear and see well. This condition is called locked-in syndrome, because the person is literally locked inside of his own body. A French phonoaudiologist taught Bauby how to "talk" using his eye lid, so he could communicate with the health team that was trying to help him. His close friends and family also learned how to understand this new way of talking. Bauby went on to dictate this book with his eyelid while one of his therapists wrote it down on paper. It is a beautiful story of how amazing the human mind is. How hard it is to have a perfect intelligent mind imprisoned in a broken body. Above all, it teaches us a lesson of how friendship and companionship are much more important than we seem to treat it. It teaches me a lot, one of the things is not taking life for granted as something like this could happen at anytime and i wouldn't know or have any plans for it. Another one is seeing the will that man takes to survive and how strong the man is to keep pushing no matter how hard things get to me it seems like an impossible task but somehow he still does it. It's a must read book, it's very uplifting to see his spirit even tho hes been through things all of us couldn't even imagine the struggles he went through.
After seeing the film I thought, “I must read this book.” The book and the film are very different and very complimentary. I highly recommend them both. I am, however, partial to the order in which I encountered them ... film first, book second.

I don't have many phobias. That said, the notion that I am trapped in my body with only one blinking eye to communicate ranks right up there. I think I've had nightmares about this sort of thing....being buried alive because no one realizes you are conscious inside your body? Freak. Me. Out. So not only does someone realize that Bauby is in there but in there and communicating....whoa. As if that wasn't enough, the dude dictates this book, in its entirety, by blinking his eye. HELLO. Let that thought sink in a moment. Each letter took how many blinks before the right letter was found?!? The man must have stayed awake all night composing in his head for the next day's blinkfest.

The book Bauby composed is a thing of beauty. It will be read and reread many, many times. What an amazing tribute. I feel honored to have read what he wrote. .
A very quick read. I read it in two days. Then, a few weeks later, I read it again. A very inspiring story. Completely engrossing. Considering Bauby’s condition, there is a surprising amount of humor in it. And, although you cannot help but feel sympathy towards him, this is not a “pity party.” It is an appreciation of life. The movie is nearly as good as the book, and is very faithful to the book. I highly recommend both.