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The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by by Jean-Dominique Bauby: Summary and reviews

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Diving Bell and The Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, was a mere 43 when he suffered a stoke, which resulted in incredible damage to his brain stem. His stroke propelled him into a coma which lasted several weeks. Upon awakening from the coma, he learned that he was the victim of a very rare disorder called locked in syndrome, or LIS. The only part of his body which he could move was one of his eyelids. Although his mind was fully functional, he could not speak at all.
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Jean-Dominique Bauby is a lively, adventurous editor for French Elle magazine. He is in his early forties and enjoying life with his young children when he suffers a massive stroke that leaves him completely incapacitated. Jean's stroke results in a phenomenon known as locked-in syndrome.

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Sign in. The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. Forty-three year old Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby - Jean-Do to his friends - awakens not knowing where he is. He is in a Berck-sur-Mer hospital, where he has been for the past several weeks in a coma after suffering a massive stroke. Although his cognitive facilities are in tact, he quickly learns that he has what is called locked-in syndrome which has resulted in him being almost completely paralyzed, including not being able to speak. One of his few functioning muscles is his left eye.

These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The protagonist of the book, who also happens to be its author, has a condition called pseudocoma, which means that he appears to be in a coma, because he is unable to move, speak or communicate verbally at all, but he is able to think, and to realize the severity of his own predicament, and also able to communicate by blinking his eyes. The condition did not manifest himself until he suffered from a stroke, which caused him to fall into a coma that lasted for almost three weeks. When he woke up he was mentally capable; he knew where he was, who his visitors were, who he was, but he was physically paralyzed aside from a limited amount of eye movement. His stroke seemed to come out of nowhere; he was traveling to work listening to The Beatles, and then after work goes to pick up his son to take him to the theater, but on the way there his mind and his vision seem to go blurry. He remembers wondering where his son has gone, and then everything else goes dark. When he first awakens, his mind becomes more active as his body becomes quite the opposite; he is also unable to process the information that medical staff are giving him about his condition, partly because he has never heard of pseudocoma before, and partly because hearing the details of the condition is almost too frightening to process.

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On December 8th of , the editor-in-chief of the French fashion magazine Elle , Jean-Dominique Bauby , suffered a massive stroke which severed his brain stem from his spinal cord and rendered the worldly, charismatic, fashionable man nearly completely paralyzed. After awakening from a coma in January of , Bauby found that the only way he could communicate with the outside world was by blinking his left eyelid—the single part of his body over which he had any remaining control. Over the summer of , with the help of his speech therapist at the Berck-sur-Mer hospital in the north of France, Sandrine , and an interpreter, Claude , Bauby composed, letter by painstaking letter, a memoir of his experiences in the hospital, his memories of his life before the stroke, and his deepest, most vulnerable fantasies of returning to a normal existence. He recounts humorous and ironic anecdotes from his past, divulges dreams of writing a play based on his experiences as a paraplegic, and imagines himself accompanying his former Elle coworkers on luxurious trips to exotic locations for conferences and fashion expos. Which guides should we add? Request one!

It describes his life before and after suffering a massive stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome. The French edition of the book was published on March 7, It went on to become a number one bestseller across Europe. Its total sales are now in the millions. On December 8, , Bauby, the editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine, suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings, but physically paralyzed with what is known as locked-in syndrome , with the only exception of some movement in his head and eyes. His right eye had to be sewn up due to an irrigation problem.

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