The Diving-bell and the Butterfly

by Jean-Dominique Bauby | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0007139845 Global Overview for this book
Registered by shovelmonkey1 of Crystal Palace, Greater London United Kingdom on 9/12/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by shovelmonkey1 from Crystal Palace, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, September 12, 2009
Bought to be read and released. Found at a charity sale for 10 pence and its never even been read! My friend petchmo liked this book (and i think he also liked the film too). When i first heard about it i did not think it would be the sort of thing which i would be interested in reading and definately not the sort of thing i would be interested in watching. Petchmo asked me if i'd read it. A book about a man who wrote the book by blinking one eyelid? But i like the Die Hard Quadrology and Wilbur Smith novels was my response. Anyway with a view to being open minded i'm giving it a go.

Journal Entry 2 by shovelmonkey1 from Crystal Palace, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, September 13, 2009
Open minded enlightenment achieved. This book was interesting and easy to read although if you are feeling a bit depressed then i would suggest avoiding it for the time being! The lucid way in which Jean-dominique describes what it feels like to be locked into his own body is amazing, the tireless descriptions are even more amazing when you consider how each word made it on to the page. Heartfelt and unique but inescapable sad. Really not convinced about how this would translate into a film though so won't be rushing out to get the DVD!

Now available to a good home upon request!

Journal Entry 3 by shovelmonkey1 at Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (11/12/2009 UTC) at Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom

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Requested by the Hanrahan-Siudy bookshelf in New York so as of 5 minutes ago it is winging its way across the pond by airmail to a new home. Hope you enjoy this book. Now that it is yours you can keep it or release it as you please!

Journal Entry 4 by Hanrahan-Siudy from Schenectady, New York USA on Saturday, November 21, 2009
arrived safe and sound

Journal Entry 5 by Hanrahan-Siudy from Schenectady, New York USA on Sunday, December 27, 2009
When one stops to think of what this man went through to dictate this book it has to be honored. i agree at times it was depressing,but I could not help but feel compassion for the man as he suffered.

Journal Entry 6 by wingkeeta1wing at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The book arrived in Auckland today - thank you Hanrahan-Siudy - a nice surprise!
I'm nearly done with the book I'm currently reading and then will read this one and send it on to Finland.

Journal Entry 7 by wingkeeta1wing at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Saturday, July 10, 2010
I agree with most of the above comments. A pretty sad story and one that makes you grateful for your own good health.
Thank you for sharing shovelmonkey and Hanrahan-Siudy. I'll be posting it off to AgdaAgulina on Monday.

Journal Entry 8 by wingkeeta1wing at By Post, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Monday, July 12, 2010

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Posted to AgdaAgulina in Finland.

Journal Entry 9 by AgdaAgulina at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, July 29, 2010
THANK YOU!

The book is safely in Finland and got me by suprise. How wonderful!
Thanks a lot keeta1!

Journal Entry 10 by AgdaAgulina at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, October 2, 2010
This book was much faster than I expected - I started it in the evening, kept reading now and then in the night and finished already in the morning. Beautiful little book, and I would have read much more. Recently I have been in the state of "turist", as he called, and strugling with my body - though not of course to such extreme as the author. Anyhow, I found a lot of comfort in this book. And now I especially would like to see the film.

I read it in Budapest, next day the book left to Prague with another bookcrosser.


Journal Entry 11 by misterpip at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, January 31, 2011
This was a fascinating read- such a weird point of view... a guy who can only blink one eye to communicate, and can't move at all- has a lot of time to think, and that remarkable perception is well-documented here. Very interesting book, about life and its joys and difficulties. Well worth reading.

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