Home > 2009-2010 books, Author of European descent, Book in translation, From: borrowed, Genre: Non-fiction, Setting: France > 2. “The Diving-bell and the Butterfly,” Jean-Dominic Bauby

2. “The Diving-bell and the Butterfly,” Jean-Dominic Bauby

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It was good!

This is the memoir of Jean-Dominic Bauby, the editor of the French fashion magazine Elle. It recounts his experiences with Locked-In Syndrome, which he experienced following a stroke. It is written in a series of short chapter’s. Bauby’s writing is lyrical. Each of the chapters feels almost like a stand-alone story– a function of Bauby memorizing each chapter in the early mornings before his transcriber came. She then would say the letters of the French alphabet in descending order of frequency and he would blink when she hit the appropriate letter. An entire book written this way! According to Wikipedia, the book took about 200,000 blinks to write and an average word took approximately two minutes.

Page count: 144
Page total: 218

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  1. Vikky
    December 1, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    That’s quite the review.

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