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Le Scaphandre et le PapillonScle – his left eyelid – he began dictating this remarkable story painstakingly spelling it out letter by letterHis book offers a haunting harrowing look inside the cruel prison of locked in syndrome but it is also a triumph of the human spir This book involves 28 short stories or you can say pieces of memory from the former editor of French Elle magazine Jean Dominiue 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 dictation letter by letter In my head I churn over every sentence ten times delete a word add an adjective and learn my text by heart paragraph by paragraph There was no particular order for the topics in this book nor was there any certain connection among them What made it precious for me is how detailed Jean Dominiue depicted of what he saw what he hearddespite his serious hearing disorder and most important of all what he felt He was suddenly forced to embrace his new life after the misfortune but it's rather impressive that he didn't think so sometimes Although I could feel the helplessness in his voice and the eagerness of freedom when he was comfined to an unfamiliar wheelchair just like a diving bell waiting to be opened up there were times he really enjoyed himself in spite of his disability In a nutshell he chose to be a carefree butterfly making his spirit live on forever without burden and pain What's this bookhis words made me realize how blissful I am because I can live out loud do whatever I want go wherever I desire talk and hang out with friendsfamily whenever we're availableetc Therefore he kind of reminded us to know and cherish such blessing since we never know how precious it is until we lose it Lastly The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is definitely a must read in life and I highly recommend it to everyone The original version is in French Le Scaphandre et le Papillon and I found the translation one captured his meanings pretty well By the way I can't put an end to this review without uoting something worth valuing so here it is Capturing the moment these small slices of life these small gusts of happiness move me deeply than all the rest

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Le Scaphandre et le Papillon eBook ↠ Paperback Read õ mbjuk â ‘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 Dominiue Bauby edit‘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 Dominiue Bauby edi Prognosis Man may be inspired find beauty even at his own death bedBut there is a uestion even Bauby asks himself Does all of this a novel make?No Not even a decent anecdote?It is however testament of the prognosis which uestions the central Meaning of Life uestion 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 some but not complete pity for Mr Bauby The tale this man tells is one of robbed mobility but not of robbed dignity or money It bothered me a little that the editor of French Elle magazine rich and powerful as he was still alludes to and rubs in our faces his superiority his nouveau riche lifestyle cars trips experiences Even though it did not answer the central What is Life About? uestion it did made me ponder something perhaps even interesting Can a healthy individual truly envy a vegetable? RIP

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Tor 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 mu “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 Dominiue 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 limited facial movements slight control over his neck and use of only one eye It is with this single good eye that Bauby is able to communicate with the world using an excruciatingly slow code of blinking that reuires time energy and a great deal of attention and patience And it is also thanks to this one eye that we have this first hand account dictated by Bauby from his hospital bed recounting the details of his life in the wake of tragedyFar from being restricted by his condition Bauby unleashes the full force of his literary capabilities which were uite estimable considering that he was the editor of French Elle leaving us with a wry touching and deeply affecting memoir that shines with descriptive flourishes and deep insights His perspective in the wake of tragedy is awe inspiring and leaves the reader with a deep respect for his fortitude; truly this is a man I would have loved to have had an opportunity to have a conversation with just to try and absorb a small degree of his wisdom and experience “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” has moments of regret frustration sadness and aching loneliness but curiously absent are anger and self righteousness Bauby never curses his misfortune but focuses on getting by with the hand he was dealt To read his memoir is to get to know a truly extraordinary man whose spirit refused to be crushed and whose mind and imagination allowed him to survive in the most constrained of circumstances To say that “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is about the triumph of the human spirit is a sorry understatement and does little to pay tribute to an amazing man“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is a slight volume to be sure but it feels wrong to criticize it for that when one considers the conditions under which it was composed And considering that Bauby packs a hefty punch in such a short page count it is well worth the experienceGrade A