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Alli’s #CBR4 Review #6: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

ImageI read “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby as it was listed as a recommendation at the end of “Girlfriend in a Coma“. It is a memoir of sorts written by the French editor of Elle magazine who suffers a stroke and then has a condition called “Locked in Syndrome”. He has some movement ability with his head and he is able to communicate using his left eye. In order to communicate people use a chart of letters ordered in frequency of their usage in the French language. He still does have his hearing, although sometimes certain sounds do bombard his hearing.

The memoir itself is a series of vignettes going back and forth between his time in the hospital and his life before. He has a gift for the written word, and he seems to find beauty in his surroundings wherever he goes. He takes great joy in being wheeled up to a patio where he sees himself as a director, summoning clouds and birds.

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One thought on “Alli’s #CBR4 Review #6: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

  1. I first read this book many years ago and have recently re-read it. It is heartwarming and a testament to the power of the human mind.

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