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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  - Stevewilliams27 - Goodreads

Short and sweet, yet still a little loquacious. Interesting descriptions but old style prose can get a little thick. Either way, very insightful views on depression and really gives you a valuable perspective on the disease. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Super book with candid explanations about suicide and depression. Read full review

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User Review  - Rabea Berryman - Goodreads

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. I have been dying for almost a year to get my hands on this book. I have read Styron's Sophie's Choice, and fell hopelessly in love with the author's writing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Madeline Ezell - Goodreads

Damn. The last sentence of this touching, accurate, emotional read: "And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars" May all of us trapped in the horror of depression see the stars again one day. Oh this sweet, sweet, generously vulnerable memoir... Read full review

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User Review  - Russell - Goodreads

the mind is a scary place; don't go there alone. so is this book. Styron very vividly accounts his own experience, perhaps a bit too vividly - but nonetheless he has done what i earnestly think few ... Read full review

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User Review  - Clark Goble - Goodreads

Author William Styron offers his own account of descending into deep depression, suicidal thoughts, and entering a mental hospital. There are two major takeaways from this little book: 1. Major ... Read full review

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User Review  - duo-la - Goodreads

Took a while to get going (which is a shame, seeing as the entire thing is only 84 pages), but there were quite a few passages that really resonated with me, that asked stimulating questions, and that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

Excellent book on depression. The author deftly examines how the word itself is mediocre catch-all term for scores of psychiatric mood disorders; each person's may be unique. Medical books age quickly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rand - Goodreads

Well written, no easy answers. He was a friend of well known journalists and writers, many of whom died by suicide. Owing to recent events, I am looking for answers on the subject of depression and ... Read full review

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