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Saturday, December 1, 2007

His story through a blink of an eye

Live life, and live it to the fullest. Put your hand on that invisible, aching spot in your heart and forget. Forgive and forget.

This is the story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (April 1952 - March 9, 1997), a French journalist and editor of Elle magazine. When he was 43 years old, Bauby suffered a massive brain stem stroke that left his mind and left eye as the only functioning parts of his body. After a long comma, Bauby woke up to find himself locked up in a paralyzed body where he can't do anything but grunt and blink his left eyelid. Through that impossible situation, Bauby was able to write a book called The diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was read by a person reciting the alphabets repeatedly. The book became an amazing journey of self-discovery, courage, imagination, love, and humor. Bauby died two days after his book was published.

Scaphandre et le Papillon or The diving Bell and the Butterfly is a movie based on Bauby's memoir book. It is opening today in the United States, and I can't wait to watch it. The movie won best director award in Cannes festival. Here is the trailer:

1 comment:

ДншдЬ said...

WAW, I'm shocked...
I can't imagine myself reciting the alphabets for him even to form a single word.
That movie has to be wonderful, thanks for the review.


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