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The Butterfly Diving Bell sits on my bedside table . It was a busy day when I finished and I'm struggling with how to express my appreciation for the best of the author , Jean - Dominique Bauby . As a beautiful French dessert , each crafted wonderful phrases should be savored. Posted by Bauby bears a sense of humor combined with depression that required for reading and slow digestion . He must have been a Morrissey fan .
For those who are not familiar with Mr. Bauby , he was a former general editor of Elle magazine Parisian version . Bauby lived a life full of women , fashion and writing. In his heyday , he toyed with the adaptation of Alexandre Dumas classic tale The Count of Monte - Cristo . He says in the book that "revenge of course was remain the driving force of the action, but the plot takes place in our time, and Monte Cristo a woman." Bauby a man of culture and romance. However at the young age of 43, Bauby suffered a massive stroke that left him in a coma for twenty days. On waking , he found himself mentally sound , but he lost control of his body. He suffered from a rare condition known as locked -in syndrome , which leaves the body paralyzed but brain functioning at maximum capacity .
Bauby was trapped in his own body and this is where his story begins . When he wrote The Diving Bell and the Butterfly , Bauby was able to blink and nothing more left eyelid only . For a dramatic effect , to repeat that last line : When writing diver and the Butterfly , Bauby was only able to blink and nothing left eyelid more.Unbelievable but true .
Bauby begins this wonderful book describing his awakening from coma. His brain showed a roomful of doctors and nurses , all explain how his life is now changed forever . The person was before (in a tangible sense ) does not exist. He was confined to a bed or wheelchair forever , a prisoner in his own body . Although there were often dark , Bauby not focus on them too often. Most chapters are spent describing the hospital , he lived in , his last joys , visitors and nurses who took care of him .
Bauby maintains a tone , positive cognitive Throughout the Movie , laced with bittersweet sadness I've ever met.
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I moved from the use of simple language , but it 's Bauby eloquently . He takes simple moments and express their gratitude and longing. Gratitude for the moments that he still has a desire to relive the glory days .
Most chapters in the book are quite short . The term is new and a quarter of a page. How Bauby dictated his autobiography is simply incredible . A therapist assigned to rehabilitation reconfigured French alphabet letters most commonly used to the least . Bauby would blink kurinfermierja will reveal the desired letter , allowing people to communicate with the outside world. Thus, he and edited the whole Movie in my head. Every day , he will create , edit, and save all he wanted to say before his assistant arrived, allowing him to dictate every sentence perfect on the first try . When visitors come to see him , Bauby describes the mood of their efforts in using this script , but the way they often do not pay enough attention to its worst . Bitter irony .
I saw the film adaptation in theaters just before Christmas , before reading the book. The movie was very touching and sparked my interest in the Movie, so I can discover more about Bauby 's life . In rare form , the film version of the book increased immeasurably diver . About forty minutes of the film is shot from the perspective of Bauby 's eyes Soley left . It gives you a whole new appreciation for how he saw the world when you watch his movie.
In preparing this response , I struggled with how to better relate my experiences with those of Bauby . His life completely changed by this event . While I do not have withstood a storm of this magnitude , Bauby wrote his strength lies in its ability to connect with readers . I can relate to the hopes and fears he speaks from his writings. For example, when I was nine , my brother and I were playing in a large bank of snow, creating tunnels and forts as kids tend to upset D in winter. I was trying to tunnel through a snow bank the other hand , about five feet in depth with everything. I managed to get most of the way in , burrowing his way through a Badger on a down jacket . As I dug approaching completion , I realized I was stuck in the tunnel tightened and able to support out. I'll never forget the fear of ice that slices through my veins . I panicked and started screaming and beating , trying to get past . Fortunately , my brother came to the rescue and helped pull me . It was a traumatic childhood terror , but it was a small sip from the cup Bauby drank every day.
Bauby speaks from a place of profound wisdom . Here is a man who had so much and what he had, but he still found a lot to live . His voice is a powerful example of the life of the human spirit . Bauby tenacity and perserverance should challenge the way we live our lives. His memoirs expresses the beauty in life and tough lessons . Time waits for no one and soemtimes I fear that life will leave behind me before I could get a firm grasp . Bauby 's words ring especially true in this season of my life. When he was my age , he worked at a newspaper up - and - coming , lives in Paris and boldly pursue careers. I think my life is slowly taking shape and appearance , but I want more. I want to taste the marrow of life, it sucks even bone . I can feel my mind Bauby engage in tomb, watching me and prodding me to live the life they had taste.
Bauby does not discuss why he chose Diving Bell and the Butterfly but seem to speak for themselves. Diving bells are used to submerge people in the depths of the ocean. One person was stuck inside, unable to move or look out the window given . Now imagine a butterfly inside the shell of iron, a creature built for flight and beauty. A beautiful being trapped , a prisoner in the very thing keeping him alive . The written word is Bauby 's life the world over water . The written word has given air to respire.
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