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The diving bell and the butterfly by Jean-Dominique

An extraordinary autobiography, communicated by eye blinking. The author, an editor of a top fashion magazine, suffered a stroke and as a result was paralysed. He dictated the book by a painstaking process of blinking when the appropriate letter was called out. While this isn't a spiritual book, it inspires gratitude to the Creator of the human spirit, a spirit which over comes great obstacles and triumphs in the midst of adversity. What I found most striking was the authors vivid descriptions and the great lengths he went to communicate with the rest of the world, who forget what a gift it is to communicate and to move freely. It is very hard to feel self pity after reading this book and it reminded me to thank God for so much I take for granted.

Review by: BMcA
Publisher: Bauby Harper Perennial



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