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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness Paperback – January 8, 1992
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In 1985 William Styron fell victim to a crippling and almost suicidal depression, the same illness that took the lives of Randall Jarrell, Primo Levi and Virginia Woolf. That Styron survived his descent into madness is something of a miracle. That he manages to convey its tortuous progression and his eventual recovery with such candor and precision makes Darkness Visible a rare feat of literature, a book that will arouse a shock of recognition even in those readers who have been spared the suffering it describes.
A chilling yet hopeful report from a mental wilderness into which one in ten Americans disappears...enlightening...fascinating. -- Chicago Sun-Times
Compelling...harrowing...a vivid portrait of a debilitating disorder...it offers the solace of shared experience. -- The New York Times
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If you live with depression or have a loved one you would like to understand better, DARKNESS VISIBLE is an excellent place to start.
I have recommended this book to many people since reading it, to both friends who have never been depressed and to the clinicians who are helping me through this difficult experience. I plan to read it again very soon primarily because I think it is a masterpiece of language.
I recommend it to anyone who appreciates truly magnificent writing or to those who would like to understand more about one person's experience both experiencing and conquering depression.
As Mr. Styron rightly stated, everyone’s journey through depression is different. His experience is not necessarily the experience of another suffering from the same disease. I would highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from mental illness, as well as those close to them, so they may see that they are not alone and that there is hope.
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But the item was delivered heavily damaged.
I just stripped the cover since it was very torn.
Didn’t bother returning it.
I rarely come across such will written essays, I honestly felt as if the words flowed naturally.
this is a true description of how it is. 15 words Kindle Fire says it all!