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Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Rena - Goodreads

Styron's writing about his own depression is both heartfelt and objective. His language cuts to the truth of the matter and his examination of the disease and how it has affected so many others was very informative. Both plain spoken and erudite, I've always appreciated his narrative voice. Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

User Review  - Lori - Goodreads

Beautiful writing about an intriguing subject. 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  - Daniela - Goodreads

A short, well-written account of Styron's experience of depression. Devoid of any esoteric and overly optimistic crap, this is an honest book about the horrors of depression. 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  - Amy Wolf - Goodreads

Like the author, I too suffer from depression, which I have been able to treat somewhat successfully with SSRI's. Styron's harrowing account of his onset of clinical-style depression at the age of 60 ... Read full review


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