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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Jean-Dominique Bauby
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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RaeLovesToRead
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Ok, this is going to be tricky, because I own a good deal of books...

- True Grit (#randyspiles)
- The Spy who came in from the Cold (also #randyspiles)
- The Woman who would be King
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
- The Stranger

Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author 🙃💕

The_Penniless_Author Are my piles more theoretical piles, since you don't seem to own any of the books? 😂 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Excuuuuuse me! I have 8 out of 10 of the books you have highlighted in the alphabet challenge 😁😁😁 That's 4 out of 5... 80%... how many of mine are you even thinking about reading 🤔🤔 2mo
The_Penniless_Author Have you been doing the alphabet challenge? 🤔 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author I love how you pretend you haven't been hitting refresh every 5 mins every Monday, wondering what I'm going to pick... 😉 2mo
The_Penniless_Author I love to give you what you love 🥰 2mo
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LibraryCin
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Panpan

It makes sense that the book was short and the chapters were short given how difficult and how much time it must have taken to “write” this book. The chapters read like little essays. I found his ordeal much more interesting than the chapters on his dreams or reminiscences – those just seemed to ramble and I found them boring. I like the idea of the book, and it‘s incredible that he was able to do it at all, but it wasn‘t very interesting to me.

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Kitta
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I absolutely loved the language in this book and the feelings evoked by it. It was on my TBR for years and I‘m so glad I got around to reading it. Highly recommended.

#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Nutmegnc This book- and the movie made from it- were so moving and hopeful. It‘s a painting with words. 4mo
Kitta @Nutmegnc I haven‘t seen the movie yet! But I agree 100% 4mo
Nutmegnc @Kitta the movie is worth it!! Directed by artist Julian Scnabel! So incredibly well done!! I‘ve seen it many many times!! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 4mo
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Sapphire
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Mehso-so

I am not sure how I came across this title, but I am glad I did. Reading it for #192025, first published in French in 1997 it tells the story of Bauby who at the height of his career and prime of life suffers a stroke. His mind recovers but his body never does. He dictated the 88 page book by blinking his eyes to the alphabet. Both horrifying and uplifting of a life cut short but fully lived.

vivastory I always meant to watch the adaptation 5mo
Librarybelle Great review! I was unfamiliar with this title, so thanks for reading this one! 5mo
Dragon The movie 🎥 is very good but I‘m not sure how it compares to the book. 💚🐉 5mo
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KristiAhlers
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Pickpick

For the year 1997 I selected to read this memoir. This author experienced a massive stroke at the age of 43 and suffered from what is called “Locked In” syndrome. He dictated this book by blinking his left eye. The only movement the man had left after the stroke. This is heartbreaking but worth the read #19822022 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle This does sound a heartbreaking read 11mo
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MamaMastracci
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It‘s Disability Pride month! My July reads focused on authors with various disabilities. (Except for “Such a Fun Age”. This was gifted to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.) Unfortunately, I had little time for reading this month. #JulyReads #DisabilityPrideMonth #OwnVoices

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Pickpick

Read this in one sitting! It‘s beautiful and tragic and so insightful.

KCofKaysville Only seen the French movie so far but I will read it 2y
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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

This story is poetic, meaningful, deep, heart wrenching, lovely. What an important perspective of receiving care during a dark time. All people should read this!

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Rissreads
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Pickpick

This book has become one of my favourites. As we say in Australia ‘Straight to the pool room!‘🤣
How can such a small book convey so much? I feel like I have been punched in the gut! This memoir is deeply affecting with such extraordinary insight into what makes life magical. His writing is beautiful and descriptive. ❤️
@MrBook #ReadwithMrBook
#BooksAndDisabilities

Jeg I remember reading this and being very moved by his words. 2y
Centique Straight to the pool room - a Castle reference amiright? 😂 I loved this book too! 2y
Rissreads @Centique from The Castle! 🤣 2y
MrsMalaprop Might have to do a re-read. We did this for book club many, many years ago @jeg. 2y
MrsMalaprop Oh & love the pool room reference 😆. 2y
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Rissreads
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This book is so good! Loving it! ❤️

Crazeedi This sounds like a book that would change one in a profound way 2y
Rissreads @Crazeedi it certainly has! It‘s just beautiful 😊 2y
JennyM ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Tex2Flo
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July Reads
Most intriguing—Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Least rewarding—Florida Roadkill
4 non-fiction (possibly a record high)
5 thrillers (possibly a record low)

KarenUK 😊👍📚💕 3y
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Tex2Flo
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@TK421 #quotesyjuly #detour
“You can handle the wheelchair,” said the orderly, with a smile intended to make the remark sound like good news, whereas to my ears it had the ring of a life sentence.
I know these should be quotes using the word prompts, but this life detour was so profound that I wanted to include it.

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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

At 44 years of age Jean Dominique-Bauby had a massive brain stem stroke and as a result was left with “Locked in Syndrome”, a condition that leaves the person cognitively intact but motorically challenged. His only volitional movement was the blink of his left eye. Bauby wrote this book about his life following his stroke- one blink at a time. It is both an uplifting & heartbreaking read. A testament to the power of the human spirit!👍🏻

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rachaich
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A very good friend recommended this to me and then I spotted a copy for a pound!

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MattieH
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Reading from the person‘s own perspective post stroke with locked in syndrome. Heartbreaking.

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DoonTheGoon
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Pickpick

A quick yet remarkable read... written by a man trapped in his own body after suffering a massive stroke. He tediously communicated this piece, letter by letter via blinking his left eye. This is a poignant and concise work - illuminating and detailing life through the eyes of someone who has been forever changed.
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A neurologist told me 3 weeks ago I was exhibiting pre-stroke symptoms. I'm better now. This book was timely. ♡ Be well.

britt_brooke Happy you‘re feeling better! That‘s scary. 4y
DoonTheGoon @britt_brooke Thank you! It's been a stressful couple of weeks, but the worst should be behind me now! 4y
SassyBrit Oh your poor thing! Glad you‘re feeling better now! What an awful time that must have been for you xx 😘 4y
DoonTheGoon @SassyBrit It put a lot of things into perspective and honestly filled me with gratitude for what I have. :) Thank youuu! ♡ 4y
SassyBrit I can imagine! And you‘re very welcome! Life is short we really should enjoy it as much as we can ! X cliche maybe but true! 4y
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Hannah_11
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Pickpick

Loved this book! A powerful and moving story of a man living through the unthinkable. Definitely recommend! #book #pick #finished

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lauralovesbooks1
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Pickpick

Exquisite memoir by the former editor of French Elle, who suffered a massive stroke at the age of 43 and now has "locked in " syndrome. He was able to communicate through blinking to indicate the letter he wanted to use to communicate. It's a beautiful reflection on what is truly important in life and how our memories can help to sustain us. #nonfictionNovember

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Hannah_11
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“My cocoon becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly” 🦋
I‘m so in awe of this book. Written entirely through blinking by a man with ‘locked-in syndrome‘ describing what it‘s like to live in his condition. A short and at times witty book. Definite must read!!!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This was an unfamiliar song, so I pulled up the lyrics (yay Google!). When I read the second verse, this book popped right into my mind. It‘s a memoir written by a man afflicted with a type of stroke called “locked-in syndrome.” He dictated the book by blinking his left eyelid. Not a long book, it‘s a five-star gut punch. Worth an afternoon, especially if you know anyone who‘s been through any type of brain injury.

#octoberxfiles #misterasylum

2BR02B Have you seen the movie? It's phenomenal. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @2BR02B No, but I should watch. I couldn‘t do it right after reading the book. But now I could. Thanks for the reminder! 4y
Cinfhen I‘ve heard about book and movie 📖🍿 great choice and what a remarkable achievement 4y
Robothugs Ohh good choice. I‘ll have to read this sometime 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @Robothugs It‘s a remarkable book. I can‘t imagine dictating with blinks. He‘s incredibly honest, so be prepared for the tough stuff. 4y
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Clive
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Pickpick

I can truly understand that frustration when a fly wandering around your face especially when you can‘t move your hand to make it go away .... the author is brilliant and his writing is such a classy 😇

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neggers
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“In my retracted world, the hours drag on but the months flash by. I can‘t believe it‘s August”

Pretty representative of my feelings at the moment.

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neggers
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I‘ve honestly had the best job this summer, I get to spend all day reading and helping people with their book needs #summerdreamjobs #letmeread #lastfewdays

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neggers
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My August 📚 #BOTM
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly I‘m particularly excited about! It was entirely written through blinking. The author is unable to communicate in any other way! 😮
Anyone read any of these?

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BookaholicNatty
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I‘m catching up on all the #jb mail I got this week and last week. I got some awesome and kind letters this week! Thank you soooo sooooo much @CBee for the book!! I‘m looking forward to reading this one before I watch the movie!! So thoughtful! Thank you also to @EH2018 I loved your card and the Mickey Mouse bookmark!❤️😘 Thank you @CareBear for the palm tree card!! I look forward to writing you back and getting to know you! Thanks y‘all! 😘😘😘😍

BookaholicNatty @EH2018 i thought your package might get there today but it looks like Monday!!! 😔But it‘s ALMOST there!! 4y
CBee YAY! Glad it got to you safely. Hope you enjoy it! ❤️❤️ 4y
Kaye ♥️ 4y
EH2018 @BookaholicNatty - No worries!! Now I have sonething to look forward to on a monday 😉 4y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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"After suffering a massive stroke, Jean-Dominique Baudy, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, found himself completely paralyzed, speechless and only able to move one eyelid. With his eyelid he 'dictated' this remarkable book."

@maich #MarchInBooks #photochallenge

Mar. 5: Under 200 Pages

TheBookStacker I love this movie definitely plan to read the book one day 5y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @TheBookStacker I don't know if I even knew there was a movie 🤔. I will have to check it out! 5y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook I remember really liking the book! 5y
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DMC_run8
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Pickpick

Amazing. Bauby had a stroke in his brain stem that resulted in him having locked-in syndrome. He wrote the book by blinking his left eye! Highly recommend. I needed to have tissues handy but I cry at commercials so take that for what it's worth.

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Centique
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And a quote to explain the title. This book is just so beautiful. Also my heart is fit to burst 😢

Jeg One of the most heart felt books I have read. 5y
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Centique
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Jean Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke at 43 that left him completely and permanently paralysed except for the ability to blink his left eye. This is his memoir. It is short and beautiful and incredibly moving. The time and effort every sentence must have taken him! This is a testament to the power of the mind as well as being heart breakingly sad.

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo 🦋🦋🦋I've heard about this book before, it's so inspiring 💕 5y
Centique Thank you! It's so beautiful and so thoughtful. If you have an hour sitting outside amongst the trees somewhere, it'd be the perfect thing 😊 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This book was so intense. 5y
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wonga I saw the movie before I read the book but I think they're both wonderful! 5y
Centique @wonga now I need to see the movie! 5y
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jacqu1.0
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I'm surprised that it took me as long as it did to get through this piece. It is so beautifully and eloquently written that I got chills and a lump in my throat multiple times. I admire and adore work that captures the resilience of the human spirit, as heartbreaking as it can be to read.
Wonderful novel. If only I remembered enough French to read his dictated words without translation.. perhaps someday.

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Mtroiano
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#readjanuary #autobiography

I am in awe every time I look at this book. The author suffered a stroke that left him only partially able to move his head and eyes. He wrote the book by blinking out the letters to a transcriber.

Cinfhen That is amazing 🙌🏻 6y
readinginthedark I did not know this is a memoir! 😭 6y
night_shift Whoa, really?! Wow! That's dedication! 6y
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lisakoby
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Pickpick

Beautiful and heartbreaking. What is left when all physical control is taken from us. Highly recommended. #nonfiction #beautiful #recommendsday

BarbaraTheBibliophage This book broke me. So good. 6y
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Ais
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No words needed😍

Eastbriar Read this last year, it was amazing. 6y
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Sandwavesandbooks
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Quick read, memoir of a 46 year old man who had a massive stroke and was then paralyzed and could only communicate through blinking his left eye.

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Jenshootsweddings
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Brunch and book club, hosted by yours truly this time. Cheesy scrambled eggs in egg roll wrappers with hollandaise sauce, maple and mandarin arugula salad, fruit and of course cinnamon-sugar dippers. And coffee - my first coffee in months!! So yum. Topped off with a good conversation about a heavy but quick book. Perfect snowy Sunday morning.

tpixie The Food looks and sounds lovely !! Well plated! And fun eggs in egg roll wraps!!! Also great plate!! 6y
Coleen Yummy! 😜 6y
vivastory When does your food network show start? Looks so good! 6y
DebinHawaii That looks delicious! 🍴❤️ 6y
MrBook Oooh! Check it out @BookBabe !! 6y
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KVanRead
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#photoadaynov16 #disabilities Incredibly moving. Confined to his hospital bed with Locked-In Syndrome, Beauby composed this exquisitely written memoir by blinking out each letter. Profound example of how we are so much more than our physical selves. @RealLifeReading

BarbaraTheBibliophage This is such a powerful book! 6y
ValerieAndBooks Very good, very unforgettable! 6y
tpixie Amazing!! 6y
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Jenshootsweddings
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The doctor says I need to de-stress, so here I am, stressing about de-stressing while de-stressing.

Alfoster Ha! Love the pic! I SO want to do that!! 6y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahaha!!! The rubber ducky is perfect!!! Have fun!!🛀🏼 6y
Suzze I'm not sure if that book would de-stress me or distress me. 6y
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Reviewsbylola There is literally nothing better in this world than a hot bath and a great book. 🙌🏻 6y
Lakesidemusing Perfection!!💕 6y
Beckys_Books Love the rubber ducky. 6y
Zelma I hope the bath helps! Nothing worse than anxiety about trying to lower anxiety. 6y
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Jenshootsweddings
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It's cold and I'd like to go inside and read but SOMEONE (and his grumpy buddy) wants to chase squirrels & turkeys in the woods. I may be here awhile.

BookishMarginalia Gorgeous pic! 6y
Coleen Ditto! 6y
LauraBeth So beautiful 😀 6y
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cecilhoney1988 Wish I was there, looks so peaceful. 6y
Lakesidemusing Love the photo❣️ 6y
Magpiegem Oh my goodness @Jenshootsweddings what an absolutely gorgeous place! 6y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I love reading memoirs! This year I have read a whole passel of wonderful ones. This is part one - those I read visually (paper or book). Every one has its unique voice and tale, so I'm not picking a top favorite. That's like choosing between children! #booktober #memorablememoir #memorablememoirs

RealLifeReading Have only read Diving Bell which is so sad and so good. 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RealLifeReading I loved every one of these. I think Diving Bell was the most devastating though. 6y
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Kitta
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#SeptemberReads! Littens, I'm so impressed with the number of books some of you read! Numbers in the 20s? 😱

My favourite this month was The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a short memoir - well worth reading. My review of it got featured on the Litsy Instagram account today!

LiteraryinLawrence I remember reading that book years ago. It was definitely beautiful and memorable! 6y
KVanRead Loved that one! 6y
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GoneFishing
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I am fading away. Slowly but surely. Like the sailor who watches his home shore gradually disappear, I watch my past recede. My old life still burns within me, but more and more of it is reduced to the ashes of memory.

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Kitta
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Pickpick

Incredible memoir written by a man with locked-in syndrome, only able to blink his left eye to communicate. This had been on my TBR list for ages and something made me grab it today - I'm so happy I did. A short read with a conversational feel, somewhat ironically with him doing all the talking. Definitely a thumbs up from me.

TheLondonBookworm Been meaning to read this for aaaages you've made me move it up the list 😊 6y
Kitta @TheLondonBookworm I hope you enjoy it! 😄 6y
ValerieAndBooks I read this recently over the summer and it really has stayed with me. 6y
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Kitta
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Pickpick

Incredible memoir written by a man with locked-in syndrome, only able to blink his left eye to communicate. This had been on my TBR list for ages and something made me grab it today - I'm so happy I did. A short read with a conversational feel, somewhat ironically with him doing all the talking. Definitely a thumbs up from me.

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Kitta
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Pickpick

Incredible memoir written by a man with locked-in syndrome, only able to blink his left eye to communicate. This had been on my TBR list for ages and something made me grab it today - I'm so happy I did. A short read with a conversational feel, somewhat ironically with him doing all the talking. Definitely a thumbs up from me.

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Yournewfriendsams
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This beautiful and devastating book is my #Recommendsday pick. Jean Dominique Bauby is a prisoner in his own body after suffering a stroke. His wits, humor and memory are all in-tact, but he can only communicate by blinking, which is how he wrote his story. Revisiting Baubys life at ELLE and with his family made me feel like I knew him, whereas some memoirs feel more like storytelling to me. Life is fragile and precious and Bauby reminds us of it.

marixa Also, the movie is quite good. I almost never like the movie as much as the book, but in this case it was a tie. Great musical score. 6y
KVanRead Loved this book, liked the movie too, and went searching for the score afterwards! 6y
Yournewfriendsams @marixa & @KVanRead unfortunately never got around to seeing the movie, but heard it was really good! I also heard his inner-circle claimed it shone him in a bad light. Did you think so? 6y
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KVanRead @Yournewfriendsams @marixa I read a great article about that and found it an equally fascinating side story. Apparently his common law wife got the author's rights as the mother of his children and basically rewrote history inserting herself into a lot of scenes and writing out his mistress as though she had abandoned him! It's still a good movie and I enjoyed knowing the back story. 6y
Yournewfriendsams @KVanRead that's some juicy family drama right there! 6y
marixa @Yournewfriendsams @KVanRead so glad for the backstory...even in the movie you pick up on the tension between the mother and the girlfriend. I didn't think the movie put him in a bad light; he was a complicated, interesting guy... 6y
KVanRead @marixa @Yournewfriendsams Here's the article. The other side I read was that his daughter didn't know about his affair until she saw the film so I guess for her it shows a dark side of him. http://www.salon.com/2008/02/23/diving_bell_2/ 6y
marixa @KVanRead great article...thanks for sharing! 6y
AvidReader25 I loved this one! 6y
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ValerieAndBooks
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After suffering a massive stroke, the newly paralyzed author was only able to blink with his left eye. How to communicate, then? Recite the alphabet in the order above; from most-used in the French language and on -- then he'd blink at the letter he wanted. In this way he wrote this short memoir, sharing that he indeed had an active mind and sharp wit. He died just two days after it was published. Highly recommended; it's still on my mind.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I was deeply affected by the humanity and depth of this short book. ❤️📚 6y
Carol Wow. 💔 6y
Megabooks People never cease to amaze me. How strong!!!! 6y
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Suzze Both the book and the movie blew me away. 6y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I saw your thoughts on this as I was adding the book to my Litsy. I agree on how profound this book was. 6y
ValerieAndBooks I'd like to watch the movie soon even though from what I understand, it deviates from the book quite a bit. @BarbaraTheBibliophage @carol @Ebooksandcooks @Suzze 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ValerieAndBooks Cool - glad my thoughts helped you choose this little gem! I'm not sure if I want to watch the movie, but I may. 6y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I had it in my TBR already and your discussion made me get to it sooner! Yes I am ambivalent about the movie-- movies almost never as good as the book plus I learned that actual events/people were changed around. 6y
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