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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (Book Analysis): Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

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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.

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