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A Second Wind - The True Story that Inspired the Motion Picture The Intouchables-logo

A Second Wind - The True Story that Inspired the Motion Picture The Intouchables

Philippe Pozzo di Borgo

The true story that inspired the hit French film The Untouchables: an inspiring memoir about a paraplegic French businessman and his unlikely North African caregiver. As the descendent of two prominent French families and director of legendary Pommery Champagnes, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not generally someone in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his beloved wife's diagnosis of a terminal illness, an accident left him a quadriplegic. He was forty-two years old and unable to do anything-even feed himself-without help. Passing his days hidden behind the high walls of his Paris townhouse, Philippe found himself the modern equivalent of an "untouchable"-his total paralysis rendered him unable to reach out to others; in fact, it seemed to cause others to be afraid to touch him or even acknowledge him. For the first time, he learned what it felt like to be excluded. The only person who seemed not to be bothered by Philippe's condition was someone who had been marginalized his entire life-Abdel, the unemployed, uninhibited immigrant from the outskirts of society who would become Philippe's caretaker. A Second Wind is the inspiring true story of two men who refused to ask for help, and then wound up helping each other. The hugely popular French film based on the book is scheduled for release in the United States in Summer 2012 by the Weinstein Company.

The true story that inspired the hit French film The Untouchables: an inspiring memoir about a paraplegic French businessman and his unlikely North African caregiver. As the descendent of two prominent French families and director of legendary Pommery Champagnes, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not generally someone in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his beloved wife's diagnosis of a terminal illness, an accident left him a quadriplegic. He was forty-two years old and unable to do anything-even feed himself-without help. Passing his days hidden behind the high walls of his Paris townhouse, Philippe found himself the modern equivalent of an "untouchable"-his total paralysis rendered him unable to reach out to others; in fact, it seemed to cause others to be afraid to touch him or even acknowledge him. For the first time, he learned what it felt like to be excluded. The only person who seemed not to be bothered by Philippe's condition was someone who had been marginalized his entire life-Abdel, the unemployed, uninhibited immigrant from the outskirts of society who would become Philippe's caretaker. A Second Wind is the inspiring true story of two men who refused to ask for help, and then wound up helping each other. The hugely popular French film based on the book is scheduled for release in the United States in Summer 2012 by the Weinstein Company.
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The true story that inspired the hit French film The Untouchables: an inspiring memoir about a paraplegic French businessman and his unlikely North African caregiver. As the descendent of two prominent French families and director of legendary Pommery Champagnes, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not generally someone in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his beloved wife's diagnosis of a terminal illness, an accident left him a quadriplegic. He was forty-two years old and unable to do anything-even feed himself-without help. Passing his days hidden behind the high walls of his Paris townhouse, Philippe found himself the modern equivalent of an "untouchable"-his total paralysis rendered him unable to reach out to others; in fact, it seemed to cause others to be afraid to touch him or even acknowledge him. For the first time, he learned what it felt like to be excluded. The only person who seemed not to be bothered by Philippe's condition was someone who had been marginalized his entire life-Abdel, the unemployed, uninhibited immigrant from the outskirts of society who would become Philippe's caretaker. A Second Wind is the inspiring true story of two men who refused to ask for help, and then wound up helping each other. The hugely popular French film based on the book is scheduled for release in the United States in Summer 2012 by the Weinstein Company.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edoardo Ballerini

Length:

5h 39m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:35


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:20