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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  - Goodreads

Dark. Philosophical. A difficult read I think because I can't relate. But it was thoughtful and reflective and gave me some insight into the condition. Read full review

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Great insight into the day to day experience of depression. Anyone working in the mental health field needs to read this. Read full review

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User Review  - JL Sutton - Goodreads

This was my second reading of Styron's memoir. I was able to identify with parts here, but unfortunately it didn't seem as compelling this time around. Read full review

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As someone who has suffered from an eating disorder and PTSD, I consider Darkness Visible an inspiring read. Only by sharing our stories of struggle and recovery can we destigmatize mental illness ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

As someone who has suffered from an eating disorder and PTSD, I consider Darkness Visible an inspiring read. Only by sharing our stories of struggle and recovery can we destigmatize mental illness ... Read full review

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mildly interesting. i can think of others i would have appreciated more. author was a bit meandering and distant. umm, maybe kinda like someone who's depressed. duh. Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

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A superb gripping short read (essay) from one of the few men who felt able to diarise his severe depression and near-suicide, after the event. I read a review beforehand that compared the author's ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

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A beautifully written, if not particularly illuminating memoir of depression. As someone who experienced a period of debilitating depression years ago, I did not find this book to describe depression ... Read full review

Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

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In 1994, I had a near-death experience where it seemed as though everyone I knew sent me books on depression. William Styron's Darkness Visible was the only one that captured my experience. Today, it ... Read full review

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