Thursday, July 20, 2017
A Second Wind by Philippe Rozzo di Borgo
The true story that inspired the major motion picture The Intouchables As the descendent of two prominent, wealthy French families and Director of Pommery Champagnes, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not in the habit of asking for help.
Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his beloved wife's diagnosis of a terminal illness, a paragliding accident left him a quadriplegic. He was 42 years old and unable to do anything - even feed himself - without help.
The only person who wasn't bothered by Philippe's condition was someone who had been an outsider his entire life - Abdel, the unemployed Algerian immigrant from the outskirts of society who would become Philippe's unlikely caretaker.
As they say never judge a book by it's cover. I certainly made the mistake of judging this book by it's cover....and it's title. I thought it's a book of second chance, of hope and motivation and going on against all odds. Maybe in a way it is about that but mostly the book is dark...it is depressing...sad....full of despair at time and generally, I had a hard time reading it.
However, I must remember that this is the story of one man...one who has lost almost everything including his movement and he is constantly in pain. Who am I to judge that?
I do feel sorry for what he has gone through....and pray that the real Philippe has found peace in every aspect possible.