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Le Scaphandre et le Papillon

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On December 8 1995, Elle magazine editor-in-chief Bauby suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings but physically paralyzed with the exception of some movement in his head and left eye. Bauby had Locked-in-Syndrome, a rare condition caused by stroke damage to the brain stem. Eye movements and blinking a code represe ...more
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Published June 30th 2007 by French & European Pubns (first published 1997)
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Petra Eggs
Words flow like the images and emotions of poetry. One thought leads to another. The rambling mind touches like a butterfly, just long enough to draw the essence from a story, and then moves fluidly to another. Jean-Dominique Bauby's body was an immobile weighty shell; the diving bell his perfect simile. Yet in his head he roved the world and composed the words that would let us in. Intent on looking for the cure to let him move again, he moves forward in his final words "We must keep looking. I ...more
Gregory Baird
“Does it take the harsh light of disaster to show a person’s true nature?”

The situation is unimaginable: waking from a coma to find yourself trapped in your own body, able to think clearly and understand what is going on around you, but unable to partake in any of what transpires. It’s called “locked in syndrome,” and Jean-Dominique Bauby finds himself a victim of it when he awakes from a coma following a serious stroke that damaged his brain stem and left him almost totally paralyzed; he has
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know I will likely get flayed alive for rating this one so low, but I just can't see the worship behind it...

First, let me say that the "writing" of the book by someone in such a state is an amazing accomplishment and I dare not take that away from him. (For those that don't know, it was dictated by Jean-Dominique Bauby - former editor of the french Elle - who had a severe seizure and after damage to his brain stem, was diagnosed with locked in syndrome. The entire book was dictated, letter by
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
التواصل الانساني غاية في البساطة والجمال..... والصعوبة في بعض أحيان
يوميات الصحفي جون دومينيك يمتزج فيها الحزن والسخرية والحنين
كتبها بعد إصابته بمتلازمة المنحبس, وكأنه يُحرر أفكاره وذكرياته من سجن الجسد
لكن الأجمل هي رغبته في التواصل والإحساس بالحياة برغم حالته المرضية
May 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prognosis: Man can be inspired and find beauty even at his own death bed.

But there is a question even Bauby asks himself: Does all of this a novel make?

No. (Not even a decent...anecdote?)

It is, however, testament of the prognosis which questions the central Meaning of Life question. Bauby finds personal beauty, even if he cannot do anything with it but blink it in code to his nurse since he is absolutely paralyzed.

But this is no Anne Frank, however. This is no beauty pertaining to a person trap
Will Byrnes
Jean-Dominique Baube, the forty-something editor of Elle magazine in Paris, husband, father, was stricken by a rare brain disease. After several weeks in a coma he awoke to find that he was a prisoner inside his own body, with control over only his left eye, and motion limited to twisting his head left and right, somewhat. Yet this man managed, with help, to not only maintain his sanity and his optimism, but his appreciation of beauty and his sense of humor. This is a case in which imagination i ...more
**spoiler alert**

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine, suffered a massive stroke to his brain stem which left him totally paralyzed and in a condition called locked-in syndrome. He could only move his left eyelid. For my part, I would have preferred to have died instantly than to have suffered what Mr. Bauby suffered. But we don't always get to choose, and to his credit he seems to have made the best of his situation. He did write this book after all, but on
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those seeking the perfect balance of sadness and beauty
Recommended to Cassy by: The movie, which I never watched but cost me $60 in Netflix fees
I won’t recommend reading this book while signing up for insurance. I started a job recently and was overwhelmed by the different ways I could insure myself and loved ones against horrible tidings. [The following are actual insurance plans. I couldn’t make these up.]
Benefits Department: Do you want life insurance?

Me: Yes! Someone should profit from my death. Party at the funeral home!

Benefits Department: Do you want supplement group variable universal life insurance?

Me: I could be worth $2.5 mil
Baker Shahal
ليست رواية بالمعنى الحرفي.. هي مذكرات المرض لرجل مصاب بـ متلازمة المنحبس ..

المصابون بهذا المرض يشعرون بكل أجزاء جسمهم لكنهم لا يستطيعون تحريك أي شيء من جسمهم، سوى رمش العين..
يصور الكاتب في كتابه هذا مشاعره إزاء ما يحيط به، فهو يعيش ويسمع ما يحيط به.. لكنه لا يستطيع المشاركة بشيء، لا يستطيع التعبير عن انزعاجه من البرنامج السخيف على التلفاز، ولا من الذبابة التي على أنفه، ولا أن يقول للممرض أن ظهره قد تيبس من هذه الوضعية..
استطاع الكاتب التواصل من خلال "الملاك الحارس" كما أسماها، وهي أخصائية الن
This book involves 28 short stories, or you can say, pieces of memory from the former editor of French Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who was permanently paralyzed after a severe stroke. His only way of communication was by blinking his left eye and that was how he patiently spelled this book out. As he put it, and I firmly believed in him, that his main task was to "compose the first of these bedridden travel notes so that I shall be ready when my publisher's emissary arrives to take my ...more
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-moirs
I just saw the movie adaptation last Friday, the day before my father-in-law passed away: perhaps not the best time, but I'm the type of person who refuses to get myself out of my mood, but prefers to dwell on my feelings. I actually found the movie much darker than the book itself, which I read when it first came out in English. As the book's from his perspective, we are spared the experience of the silence and loneliness he is encased in. The movie, in contrast, depicts just how terrifying and ...more
Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain
‘ডাইভিং বেল’ হলো ডুবুরীদের সমুদরের গভীরে পাঠাবার বিশেষ এক বযবসথা। বাতাসকে কাজে লাগিয়ে অতযনত সরল এই যনতরটির বযবহার শুরু সমভবত অযারিসটটল এর সময়কাল থেকে। ছোটবেলায় গোসল করতে গেলে পরায়ই একটা খেলা খেলতাম। মগের ভেতর শুকনো গামছা দলা পাকিয়ে ভরে মগটিকে উপুড় করে বালতির পানিতে চাপ দিয়ে দিয়ে ভেতরে ঠেলতাম। মগের পুরোটাই পানির তলায় চলে গেলেও ভেতরের গামছায় পানির সপরশও লাগতোনা, কারণ মগের ভেতরের বাতাস পানিকে ভেতরে ঢুকতে দেয়না। এই একই কারযপরনালী বযবহার করেই ডাইভিং বেল তৈরী করা। ঘনটা আকৃতির নিচের দিকে খোলা এই যনতরতে ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks they might be in danger of taking life for granted
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: Jon
When I first heard about it I did not think it would be the sort of thing I would be interested in reading and definately not the sort of thing I would be interested in watching (having heard it had recently been turned into a film). One of my best friends, a man who is a great deal more sensitive and open minded than I could ever hope to be asked me if i'd read it. "A book about a man who wrote the book by blinking one eyelid?" I asked. "But I like the Die Hard Quadrology, 300 and Wilbur Smith ...more
Abrar Alarjan
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe-novels
في الحقيقة المشجع الأكبر ،هو الدار ،دار مسكيلياني، فمن يترجم لديهم غالبًا ترجمتهم بالفعل رائعة وتدهشني .

أما الرغبة الثانية لقراءة هذا الرواية الشبيهة نوعا ما بسيرة ذاتية ،هومقاومة الأمراض ،دائما أبحث عنه حتى ولو كان المرض جديدًا علي ولم أعرفه ،أود أن أعرف ماهي وجهة نظر المريض تجاه المرض وكيف هي مشاعره إزاءه .

أخيرًا فكرة الرواية أسرة جدًا ،وأتسائل هل شُفِي جون من مرضه ؟
لم يخبرنا بذلك المترجم ،أتمنى أن يقول ذلك في طبعات أخرى لهذه الرواية .

ثم إننا نحن القراء ،يتوجب علينا أن نقرأ المعوذات ثلاثًا ون
Odai Alsaeed
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما تختزله هذه الرواية القصيرة من الخيال والقصص يكاد يفوق صفحاتها المائة والعشرون ..... وكأن الألم والإحساس بالمفارقة هو من صنع الفارق
رواية تفرغ منك ولا تفرغ منها يكاد هاجس السحر في طياتها ينبع بالفعل من كونها كتبت برمش العين اليسرى فالمفارق ليس له أداة تعبير غيرها ولا حيلة له سوى تلك الحكايا التي سوف ينسجها من ذكرى الماضي وخياله الأفاق..... لم تخلو صفحة من معلومة ثقافية تثري الخاطر.....رواية تستحق الثناء
إضافة لمن أراد أن يشاهد الفلم وهو يستحق المشاهدة :
the diving bell and the butterfly
Mar 05, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Richard and Judy viewers
this is quite an achievement .
the writer a quadraplegic with locked in syndrome who died shortly after the publication of this book mangages to make himself into a totally unsympathetic character .
i really disliked this book i suppose because it has gained such an good reputation . this is mis-lit at its worst .
the author is completely self obsessed perhaps unsurprisingly and the profundity is not much above that found in a Hallmark card . it seems that the things the author misses most are his
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
This is one of those books where the story behind the story was more interesting to me than the book itself. For those who don't know, Jean-Dominique Bauby (the former editor-in-chief of French Elle, had a stroke in his mid 40's that left him with a body entirely paralyzed but a mind fully intact. This is referred to as locked-in syndrome, a condition that, in the author's words, is "like a mind in a jar."

The one part of his body that Bauby could move was his left eyelid. Remarkably, he was able
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it in an afternoon and it is, in one word, beautiful.

This book was, for me, about the simple things we often overlook, mostly because we're too busy and don't take the time to actually look, but also because seeing takes a particular state of mind, it requires an openness, that is not always easy to come by.

Jean-Dominique definitely had the time to observe the world, and the immensity of the strength, courage and determination it took to put a fraction of those things onto paper is enou
Steven  Godin
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, french
Anyone that is able to get through this without showing the slightest bit of emotion is not a human being. A remarkable story of a remarkable man, so full of life one minute and reduced to movement in one eye the next, a haunting, harrowing look inside the mind of a person with locked-in syndrome you would think this would end up as a rant of anger and "why did this happen to me", but his dignified manner and spirit was truly inspirational and caught me out at just how uplifting it would turn ou ...more
A Small Book with a Big Soul

Jean-Dominique Bauby's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is a small book composed of many big wonders. Primary among this book's extraordinary qualities is the fact that Bauby, a former editor in chief of the world-famous French Elle, was able to "write" it at all. after suffering a stroke to his brain stem and spending 20 days in a coma, Bauby regained command of a nearly clairvoyant intellect but lost all authority over his body. The sole physical function he ret
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Locked-in-syndrome: totally paralyzed, unable to speak, but completely conscious.
I find it hard to imagine a condition that's worse than this.
People who suffer a stroke, are at a risk to suffer from this condition (luckily, mostly not this bad).
Is their still dignity in a life like this?

The writer of this memoir, suffered from this condition, and was only able to move one eye. His left eye.
Needless to say this was a powerful read. Its popularity is partly du
حرصت على إقتناء الكتاب فقط تقديرا وإجلالاً لـ ( إرادة ) المؤلف الجبارة
.. كيف لا وهو من أصر على تأليف كتابه هذا بالكامل في عقله وأملاه حرفاً بحرف ( برمشة ) من عينه اليسرى وهي العضو الوحيد الذي لازال يمكنه التحكم فيه بعد إصابته بشلل كامل إثر جلطة !!؟ وكانت مساعدته ( كلود مندي بيل ) هي من أملا عليها الكتاب حيث كانت تتلو عليه الأحرف ويرمش عند الحرف المراد .. كان هذا في سن الثالثة والاربعين وتوفي بعد ثلاثة أيام من نشر الكتاب
هذه صورته وهو يرقد في المستشفى ويملي كتابه

هذا وحده كان كافيا لإقتناء الكتا
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
This was a difficult read with regards to subject matter, but not when it comes to writing style. Jean-Dominique Bauby, the former editor of the French edition of “Elle” magazine, was paralyzed after a huge stroke. It’s amazing to me that he dictated this book letter by letter by blinking one eyelid, the only part of his body that wasn’t paralyzed. The fact that he managed to keep his brain engaged and alive given his situation is a miracle. This book is heartbreaking, insightful, and so uplifti ...more
The power of this short memoir is that it exists.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a collection of short reflections and anecdotes by Jean-Dominique Bauby, the once-editor of the French Elle who at age forty-three suffered a massive stroke that left him completely paralyzed, unable to move or communicate save by blinking his left eye.

Knowing this, every page of prose is a modern miracle. It helps that the prose is really good.

The experience of reading this, then, becomes a source of great cog
Debbie "DJ"
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
I had forgotten I read this some time ago, but it still sticks with me today. I also saw the movie, which I thought stayed true to the book, but also added visuals which really brought this story alive. Interesting choice of words...alive. I don't know if I would want to be alive in this state. This was a very unique look at a disease called "locked-in-syndrome.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is simply beautiful. I wish my French was still good enough to read the original version, but this was still an incredible translation.

It reads more like a series of vignettes, and Bauby's writing is just gorgeous. This is a quick read--it's under 200 pages, and the text itself doesn't take up much of the page--but it is incredibly emotionally impactful.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeanette by: Elisabeth
This is a series of vignettes composed and painstakingly dictated by a man with "locked-in" syndrome. He could only communicate with eye blinks, but had a very fertile and sharp mind. He shares what it's like to live with his condition, as well as stories from his life before the stroke that stole his freedom. There is sadness, of course, and a certain amount of "why me?", but it's never maudlin, and he managed to keep his sense of humor. Very short and worth reading.
Be grateful for the small t
Jun 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading it, I wasn't aware this book was originally in French. It has a simple lyricism even in translation, which makes me want to read the original. It's the kind of book that can be read very quickly, but probably shouldn't be. Rather, one should savor the well-mixed hope and sadness.
Moath Hamam
هي ليست رواية بالمعنى ... أحداث عاشها الكاتب ينقلها لنا كشبه سيرة له كتبها بجفن عينه اليسرى .
أصيب الكاتب بشلل كامل أصاب جسمه عدا جفن عينه اليسرى الذي كان يتواصل به مع العالم الخارجي .
مساعدت احداهن بالمرور على جميع الحروف وعند الوصول للحرف المراد يرمش بجفن عينه اليسرى .
ثلاثة نجوم للألم ولمحاولة الكاتب الكبيرة .
مات الكاتب بعد انتهائه من الكتاب بفترة قصيرة .
Yazeed AlMogren
ذكريات ويوميات رئيس تحرير مجلة فرنسية أصيب بشلل لم يستطيع معه الا أن يحرك عيناه، استغرب تصنيف الكتاب على أنه رواية بينما هو وقائع ليوميات وذكريات كتبتها الكاتب بعينه اليسرى على سريره في المستشفى
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On December 8, 1995 at the age of 43, Bauby suffered a massive stroke. When he woke up twenty days later, he found he was entirely speechless; he could only blink his left eyelid. This rare condition is called Locked-in Syndrome, a condition wherein the mental faculties are intact but
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