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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
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Jul 23, 09

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True story of a man who has a massive stroke, is completely paralyzed and able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. His crippled body is the diving bell that seems to crush him, while his mind flits and tries to soar like a butterfly in spite of his limitations. It's a quick, light read as he tells his story--how he imagines himself having great adventures, his perspective on those who care for him and visit him (and how they treat him now), and memories of his past life.

"The memory of that event has only just come back to me, now doubly painful: regret for a vanished past and, above all, remorse for lost opportunities. [It is:]. . .the chances we failed to seize, the moments of happiness we allowed to drift away."

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