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User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first ... Read full review

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User Review  - steadfastreader - LibraryThing

This book was fantastic. Not only was it beautifully written it accurately describes the feelings of being truly clinically depressed in a way that can really be beneficial to someone with a loved one ... Read full review

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User Review  - melaniemaksin - LibraryThing

Maybe I'm being needlessly harsh in my one-star rating, but there was something about Styron's memoir that really distressed me. I read it during one of my own periods of depression, and for whatever ... Read full review

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User Review  - marek2010 - LibraryThing

An account of Styron's depression, breakdown & hospitalisation. Very well written and self observed, but a bit disappointing as the conclusion is that left with some space to heal he just got better. 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

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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

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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

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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

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