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_The Diving Bell and the Butterfly_ Jean-Dominique Bauby Translated from the French by Jeremy Leggatt Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1997 ISBN: 0-375-40115-6 Reviewed by Diana Cripe Library Clerk Kitsap Regional Library - Port Orchard Branch Port Orchard, WA firstname.lastname@example.org _The Diving Bell and the Butterfly_ is a book written in a most unusual manner. Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of the French magazine "Elle". In December of 1997, at the age of 43, he had a brain stem stroke. He was in a coma for twenty days, and then woke to find that only his left eye functioned. Bauby wrote this book by having an assistant rearrange some of the letters of the alphabet. Bauby would blink when the assistant got to the letter that was needed next. The volume reads so smoothly that I would periodically have to stop and remind myself that it was written literally one slow letter at a time! _The Diving Bell and the Butterfly_ is a remarkable story. The title is appropriate since Bauby felt his body was as immobile as if it were locked in an old-time diving bell. Yet his mind just kept going like the wings of a butterfly. At the end of the book, the author recalls the day that he had had the stroke. It is amazing to me that he could recall every detail up to the very moment of his lapsing into a coma. Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the publication of his book in France. Though heartwarming and sad, the book makes one realize what we can do in the face of adversity--and it shows the courage and love the author had. One cannot help but be in awe of Jean-Dominique Bauby--and appreciate the gift he left to us.