Book Club: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Now that we are quarantined in our homes, let’s read (and discus) this inspirational and remarkable memoir about a man who, due to an unforeseeable incident, ended up locked in his own mind.
Please note that you can borrow this book for free, for fourteen days, at the National Emergency Library in: Protected content
The process is a little bit convoluted (I already went through it). You need to register at the NEL, download and install the Adobe Digital Editions software, register with Adobe, download the book file, etc. But it is doable.
From the publishers:
“In December Protected content , Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of ‘locked in syndrome.’ Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.”
Praise for the book:
“The most extraordinary book of the year” Daily Telegraph
“Everyone in the country should own at least one copy” The Guardian
“Vibrantly, insistently, a tale of our times… This is a memoir where the man speaks for the moment, and it is one of the great books of the century” Financial Times
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