The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307454835

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 146

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A celebration of the liberating power of consciousness—a triumphant book that lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival. In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book. By turns wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he had been able to do in his body. He explains the joy, and deep sadness, of seeing his children and of hearing his aged father's voice on the phone. In magical sequences, he imagines traveling to other places and times and of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Again and again he returns to an "inexhaustible reservoir of sensations," keeping in touch with himself and the life around him. Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. This book is a lasting testament to his life.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (Book Analysis)

Author: Bright Summaries


ISBN: 2806280923

Category: Study Aids

Page: 56

View: 1890

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, an autobiographical account of his life with locked-in syndrome following a massive stroke at the age of just 43. His entire body is paralysed apart from his left eyelid, but he miraculously learns how to express himself in the richest detail by blinking to select each letter as the alphabet is read out to him. By turns wistful, mischievous, angry and witty, Bauby’s account sold 25 000 copies on the first day of sales and went on to sell millions of copies across Europe and beyond. Despite dying only days after the publication of his groundbreaking novel, the famous editor and author’s memory lives on through this outstanding book. Find out everything you need to know about The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with!

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly (4th Estate Matchbook Classics)

Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby

Publisher: Fourth Estate

ISBN: 9780008329747

Category: Cerebrovascular disease

Page: 144

View: 2051

One of the most remarkable memoirs ever written. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010

Author: Roger Ebert

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 0740792180

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 672

View: 7089

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010 is the ultimate source for movies, movie reviews, and much more. For nearly 25 years, Roger Ebert's annual collection has been recognized as the preeminent source for full-length critical movie reviews, and his 2010 yearbook does not disappoint. The yearbook includes every review Ebert has written from January 2007 to July 2009. It also includes interviews, essays, tributes, and all-new questions and answers from his Questions for the Movie Answer Man columns. Fans get a bonus feature, too, with new entries to Ebert's Little Movie Glossary. This is the must-have go-to guide for movie fanatics.


Author: Jon Groucutt,Peter Leadley,Patrick Forsyth

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 9780749441142

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 540

View: 6630

Marketing: Essential principles, new realities has been researched, developed and written primarily with the undergraduate and diploma-level student in mind. This student-oriented text, with its relaxed and free flowing language, provides the reader with material of a rigorous academic standard. Each chapter follows a set structure that has been designed to encourage discussion and raise issues for consideration and research: introduction; learning objectives; chapter sub headings - key issues; chapter summary; exercises and questions for review and critical thinking. At the end of the book there are additional notes and references to support student learning. Written by authors from both an academic and practitioner background, this new textbook offers an excellent introduction to the subject for the next generation of marketers and business people. FREE CD ROM FOR LECTURERS The authors have created a unique CD ROM containing both lecture presentation slides and essay questions. This is available on request from the publisher. CONTENTS Introduction What is marketing? The business and marketing environment Ethical marketing and social responsibility Buyer behaviour Segmenting, positioning and targeting Marketing research Marketing and strategy Products and brands Price and pricing strategies Promotion part 1 Promotion part 2 People, physical evidence and process Placement, distribution and logistics Marketing across borders: the international dimension Application: bringing the elements together Notes Reference Index Please view more information on this book, including a sample chapter and detailed, full contents at

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009

Author: Roger Ebert

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 0740792164

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 944

View: 7078

Nobody has been more important in telling Americans why we should love film than Roger Ebert. --Michael Shamberg, Editor and Publisher Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert presents more than 650 full-length critical movie reviews, along with interviews, essays, tributes, film festival reports, and Q and As from Questions for the Movie Answer Man. Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009 collects more than two years' worth of his engaging film critiques. From Bee Movie to Darfur Now to No Country for Old Men, and from Juno to Persepolis to La Vie en Rose, Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009 includes every review Ebert has written from January 2006 to June 2008. Also included in the Yearbook, which boasts 65 percent new content, are: * Interviews with newsmakers, such as Juno director Jason Reitman and Jerry Seinfeld, a touching tribute to Deborah Kerr, and an emotional letter of appreciation to Werner Herzog. * Essays on film issues, and tributes to actors and directors who died during the year. * Daily film festival reports from Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, and Telluride. * All-new questions and answers from his Questions for the Movie Answer Man columns.


Author: Nancy Ann Silbergeld Jecker,Albert R. Jonsen,Robert A. Pearlman

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780763743147

Category: Medical

Page: 545

View: 4531

One of the only texts in the field to cover the history, methodology, and practice of bioethics. The text is broken into three informative sections: the first addresses the history or bioethics, explaining its emergences as discipline and discourse; the second looks carefully at ethical reasoning and the justification of moral beliefs; and the final section asks students to turn a critical eye to the topic of bioethics, including ethical issues that arise at the beginning and end of life.

Disability and the Media

Author: Charles A. Riley, II,II Charles a Riley

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1611683939

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

View: 2671

A journalist's passionate expose of the media's portrayal of the disabled.