What a terrible thing to happen to a young father, or to anyone, but through the help of one of his nurses who put together a code board, this man was able to communicate with the outside world and dictated this memoir, blink by blink.
It is an amazing book simply because it exists. It is a poignant account of Bauby’s extraordinary life during the 15 months he survived in this condition. He shares his inner world with us — not just the losses, the grief, and the frustrations, but the memories that sustain him and the deep appreciation for the people that surround him and support him. Each daily occurrence takes on new importance through his eye, and his descriptions remind us not to take one single day or happening in our own lives for granted. The subtitle of this book is aptly named: “A Memoir of Life in Death,” but the “butterfly” of the title is also the perfect image of this man’s spirit that could rise above the prison of his own body and gently fly through time and human experience.
The film based on the book is available on DVD, but is somewhat controversial because of the changes made from the actual story. I’d like to see it, although I think I will wait for awhile. I want to continue to absorb this man’s words and story, and linger here awhile in his presence which gives such a new and acute awareness to the importance of the daily details of my own life.
This is my first book read for Callista’s Book-to-Movie Challenge.