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Let me recommend a unique and powerfully poignant read to my fellow RRers

Let me recommend a unique and powerfully poignant read to my fellow RRers

Surely many of you have already read it, and of those who have not, a high percentage of you have heard of it. But for those few who know nothing of this remarkable inditement, I must enlighten you. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby is a autobiographical piece that has the power to change lives. It will challenge any tedium and boredom you imagine you are dealing with.

In 1995, at age 43, Bauby was editor-in-chief of the French fashion magazine Elle, also married and father of two when a stroke suddenly made him the victim of the rare Locked-in Syndrome, which left him all but totally paralyzed, though his psyche remained completely intact (in his words) "like a mind in a jar." He could only move his left eyelid. But with that function alone, he worked out a code and eventually wrote this small book about his plight. Alas, he died 2 days after the book was published in 1997.

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Hi Dennis,

I saw the film last year when it came out and read the book the next day. Both are extremely powerful works of art, and I couldn't say which one to experience first. Reading the book, it becomes clear why it was said it would be impossible to make into a movie, yet somehow Julian Schnabel moved the words from the page into a movie that is as true as the book. It ought to be required viewing.

-Max Sindell, Red Room

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Thanks, Max. I will see the movie!

I am truly awed by this story--and by how it was written, one blink at a time from  paragraphs entirely memorized beforehand.

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" like a mind in a jar"

Dennis, Thank you very much!

I love your writings and comment on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, that bring this to its proper place in the Highest Regards.

I saw the movie and was So moved, So Remarkable.....!


Catherine Nagle

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Dennis, this is one of my favourite books. Have you seen the movie? It's wonderful too. Mary P.