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DARKNESS VISIBLE: A Memoir Of Madness

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Styron tells of his descent into clinical depression, later hospitalization, and recovery. Much of this slim (96-page) work appeared last year in Vanity Fair magazine. In 1984, Styron's 30 years of alcohol and more recent excessive tranquilizer intake (Halcion) combined to make alcohol poisonous to his system and deprived him totally of his friendly balm, the alcohol that he says allowed him to ... Read full review

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Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Vincent Arthurs - Goodreads

Enjoyed this up close and personal struggle with mental illness. There were times when i hoped for a little more introspection. Read full review

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User Review  - Jenna Morrison - Goodreads

There are few words that can adequately describe the deep darkness of depression to one who has never suffered from the malady herself. I took up this Memoir as an exercise to do my best to understand ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kasey - Goodreads

One of the most depressing books I've ever read and yet it was fantastic. Read full review

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User Review  - Sudhir Borgonha - Goodreads

Brilliant narration on Styron's tryst with depression. Mostly haunting, sometimes scary and funny. Should be a good read for anyone who has seen a family member or friend deal with depression. Read full review

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User Review  - Hardyboy - Goodreads

Very honest first hand account of a well know authors decent into the depths of depression. Well written, and makes the case for treating mental illness as a serious medical problem. I read his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greg Western - Goodreads

Very honest first hand account of a well know authors decent into the depths of depression. Well written, and makes the case for treating mental illness as a serious medical problem. I read his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kari Scare - Goodreads

A very acurate description of the horrible depths of depression, and, more importantly, of the fact that there is a way out. If you have someone you love who is depressed, this book will help you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tarah Downing - Goodreads

The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is simply the fact that at times, it's hard to follow. The language the author uses is a bit above my level, but when it comes down to him describing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

If you still can't get interested in the book by page thirty and there are only about sixty-five pages total, you never are. I was so bored. Read full review

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