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Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

This is a stirring memoir of Styron's depression, which nearly killed him. I had seen multiple references to this book, all of them praising its insight into the despair that a depressed person can ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Shelley - Goodreads

In Darkness Visible, William Styron describes depression as "a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self—to the mediating intellect—as to verge ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

3 – 3.5 stars Is there anything worse than feeling like you can't control your own mind? Can you conceive the helplessness of being able to perceive the lies that your own brain is telling you, but ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Sahil Sood - Goodreads

"In depression this faith in deliverance, in ultimate restoration, is absent. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come--not in a ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Steve Woods - Goodreads

Depression has dogged me for most of my life, but I managed as best I could until a couple of decades ago when I fell into the abyss, much as Styron describes here. It lasted for nearly two years and ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Mike Lester - Goodreads

I've read this slim volume three or four times now, and each time I take something new away from the experience. That's quite an achievement for such a short book, and one I am grateful for. Styron ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Rod - Goodreads

A powerful description of what depression feels like from the inside (a feeling which Styron says the very word "depression" does not quite capture). Playwright Jean Kerr once described hope as "the ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Greg Metcalf - Goodreads

In the opening portions of this essay on one man's descent into severe depression, Styron makes a few mentions of how indescribable the affliction is, which he nearly contradicts with this account ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Rene Saller - Goodreads

I reread this after many years, having apparently forgotten how much it sucks. It's not the content so much as Styron's style: pompous, dull, self-satisfied, flat, prosaic. I understand his point ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible

User Review  - Kajsa - Goodreads

While I've fortunately never struggled with depression myself, I have witnessed the pain of a few of my friends, and while I tried to help them as well as I could, I didn't understand it. After ... Read full review

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