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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  - Estie - Goodreads

In this short book the award winning novelist William Styron attempts to describe his experience with a severe suicidal depression. While he repeatedly claims that the actual subjective experience of ... Read full review

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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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User Review  - Jeannie - Goodreads

Gripping and excellent. Read full review

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User Review  - Hugh - Goodreads

So many have commented I can't add anything here except to say that I've read it more than once, which speaks for itself. This is Styron's bravest achievement, and an unforgettable narrative of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Casey Pearce - Goodreads

An informative book to give to someone suffering from true depression. Also an eye-opening read for loved ones watching someone they know fighting this disease. It's a short book, read it for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lianna - Goodreads

A writer's attempt to put to words his time in deep depression. I had this recommended to me by a friend who suffers from this illness; I read it as a way to relate to what they are feeling. For ... Read full review

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User Review  - Celeste - Goodreads

Placing this book in historical context, it probably deserves 4 or 5 stars. As one of the first mental illness memoirs of its kind, the book is a brave project. But for me, having read a countless ... Read full review

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User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

A stirring, literary and beautiful portrait of an author's descent into depression, and of his journey toward a healthier place. A haunting reminder of the cost of being a creative, emoting human in a painfully imperfect world. 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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