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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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User Review  - Frances - Goodreads

William Styron is not only an incredible writer but has the ability to make accessible an illness that is notoriously difficult to understand. He writes about depression with incredible honesty ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Goodreads

I want to give this a 5 but it doesn't quite fit the bill, not because it isn't a very memorable book, but the subject and the personal nature of this book make it difficult to put there. Hits close ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

This is a very little book, just a long essay really, but it has a big impact. What triggered my reading of it was an essay in The New Yorker by Styron's daughter Alexandra, recalling her father. She ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Goodreads

A wonderful portrait and memoir of the author's descent into madness. Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Goodreads

Nicely written, but that is about it. Seems to be stating the same painfully obvious truths all the time without a in-depth analysis or the power of a raw confession. Dissapointed. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Sanders - Goodreads

This is more an indictment of alcohol and prescription drugs than anything else. Styron himself admits that his bout of depression was brought on by a nasty case of withdrawal, followed by being ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Goodreads

Darkness Visible is easily the most honest book I've ever read about depression. Styron writes clearly and precisely about nearly losing his battle with this serious medical condition. This was incredibly impactful for a work of only 84 pages. Highly recommended. Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Goodreads

It's as if you're walking down the darkest alleys of humanity. This book is a memoir of man suffering from manic suicidal depression, and being inside his head is a humbling and enlightening ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Goodreads

Extremely elegant exegesis of the depressive state. Despite his correct assertion that the vocabulary of mental health is still wanting in its ability to describe the multifarious emotions and ... Read full review

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