Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a stroke at just 44, leaving him essentially completely paralysed: to begin with, the only movement left to him was thatJean-Dominique Bauby suffered a stroke at just 44, leaving him essentially completely paralysed: to begin with, the only movement left to him was that of his left eyelid. Through time and effort, he managed to regain some other small movements and was capable of humming a year after his stroke.
In this book, he talks about his new life and reminisces about his old. It's an enlightening look into a world that so few of us - thank goodness - never have to experience - the difficulties and trials, as well as the small pleasures.
What's most incredible about this book is that he wrote it a single letter at a time, using only his left eyelid to communicate with his scribe. Painstakingly working through a system of letters, blinking at the one he wanted next, was the only system of communication he had left, and he made better use of it than a lot of other authors who were not so impeded....more
Which is a shame, but there was an awful lot of potential - lots of exciting situations and places are visThis is not a particularly interesting book.
Which is a shame, but there was an awful lot of potential - lots of exciting situations and places are visited but nothing is really made of them. And on top of this there was the endless classifying of fish and other sea-dwelling creatures. I wouldn't have minded this in dribs and drabs but it was far too prolific for my interest level.
Monsieur Aronnax is the narrator. He is a Frenchman (naturalemente) and a professor of marine biology so he's pretty much in his element when it comes to the environs in which he finds himself. Of course, he is pretty stupid. "We're surrounded by ice! However will we escape!"
You're in a submarine.
Distrustful and constantly, somewhat pointlessly questioning he is not a engaging narrator, unfortunately.
But I've finished the book! So it's not completely unreadable by any means. I imagine that some of the problems I've had are because of when it was written and the style at the time, but I still feel like so much more could have been done with this idea....more
This is a very creepy little book. I say little, but apparently it's 460 pages long which I suppose gives testament to how engaging and easy this storThis is a very creepy little book. I say little, but apparently it's 460 pages long which I suppose gives testament to how engaging and easy this story is to read, because I could have sworn it was half that length.
Jack and Aimee are happily married. Happily, but not perfectly - they have their arguments, but their two little girls bring them every joy. But Jack has a darkness in his past that no one in his new life knows about, and one that is about to catch up with him.
There were several creepy moments, but nothing truly terrifying which is maybe where this book fell down a little. Though maybe it doesn't help that I read most of it on various buses. If I'd been reading it home alone at night I'm sure I would feel a little bit differently about it....more
At this point, I'm reading this series for the sake of completion more than anything else. I don't quite know when this kicked in - some time since IAt this point, I'm reading this series for the sake of completion more than anything else. I don't quite know when this kicked in - some time since I finished the last book - or why, but there it is. Maybe it was something to do with Divergent: The Movie.
Regardless, I wasn't hugely into this book and I think it showed in how long it took. It was an easy read, pretty standard stuff, but I feel like it was a lot longer than it needed to be. I don't quite know what took up so many pages but there seemed like a lot of pages for not an awful lot of story.
Not a bad book by any means. I think I've maybe just grown out of the teenage dystopian thing. No, I take that back! I still love the idea of dystopian, but this book felt very different from the previous two, and my being dubious already meant that it didn't go down as well as it could have. I was happy with the ending, and maybe I'll go back and re-read the entire series, but for now I'm glad to have finished without really feeling like I'm going to miss any of the characters....more