While editor-in-chief of the French Elle magazine, 43-year-old Jean-Dominique Bauby, father of two young children, had a rare type of stroke to the brain stem that allowed him to think clearly but otherwise left him paralyzed and unable to speak. By blinking his only functional eye, he wrote this book which tells of what it's like to be a prisoner in the most unimaginable way.
While reading each word, I couldn't get out of my mind the laborious task of writing an entire book by blinking, which probably made me like it even more.
Bauby accepts his fate with unbelievable dignity and hope. His writing, as "dictated" to his assistant, is witty yet emotional.
Hunched in my wheelchair, I watch my children surreptitiously as their motherSadly, Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the French publication of the book. What a beautiful memory to leave to his children.
pushes me down the hospital corridor. While I have become something of a
zombie father, Theophile and Celeste are very much flesh and blood, energetic
and noisy. I will never tire of seeing them walk alongside me, just
walking, their confident expressions masking the unease weighing on their small
shoulders. As he walks, Theophile dabs with a Kleenex at the thread of
saliva escaping my closed lips.
This book was made into a movie, which I have not seen but would like to.
Do I Recommend?
Yes. Short (132 pages) and easy to read.
4/5 (I enjoyed it)
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Has anyone else read this book or plan to and/or did you see the movie?