Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, Sylvia Plath, Yukio Mishima, Primo Levi—in , William Styron almost joined the long list of writers who have. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Darkness Visible by William Styron The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon Prozac . 60 quotes from Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness: ‘A phenomenon that a number of people have noted while in deep depression is the sense of being acc .

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Having experienced this ‘darkness’ without remittance for most of my life, I had high hopes for this book- which he did dariness, and evident in his descriptions of feeling like a ‘husk’, and the fragile moments following a near-suicide attempt- “this sound, which like all music- indeed like all pleasure- I had been numbly unresponsive to for months, Given the number of great reviews dzrkness book had, I was eager to read, especially regarding a topic I feel is extremely neglected in good literature.

There is an acute fear of abandonment. Syyron is among the last books published by Styron and is widely considered one of his best and most influential works.

Feb 01, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle.

Everyone leaves their own legacy. It remains as important to repeat that now as 20 years ago — and, I’m sure, will be just as crucial 20 years hence. Throughout the memoir, Styron discusses the effects of depression on the lives of several notable people, who range from accomplished authors such as Romain Gary a close friend of Styron’sRandall JarrellAlbert Camusand Primo Levi darknesw a chemist and Holocaust survivor to prominent political figures such as U. His stories are liberally laced with a depth of understanding that he acknowledged could only come to those who have experienced it.

This is something I responded to – depression is an irrational, lonely, very physical disease, and not always connected to the grandiosity of one’s ego, or the peak of one’s art.


This is a short but poignant memoir.

There was something else I had to give considerable thought to before writing this review. Rather than it’s downfall, the briefness of this book was perfect, as it meant that even one with difficulty concentrating could read and comprehend the text without feeling overwhelmed.

So perhaps I was primed to be moved by Styron’s strangely luminous description of being smothered by depression; darlness its appeal is by no means limited to those with firsthand experience.

Illuminating depression

I got a little choked up at the end, with the Dante quotes. He was devastated by insomnia night after night. Styron stresses that even if you have reached “despair beyond despair”, keep going.

Soon evident are the slowed-down responses, near paralysis, psychic energy throttled back close to zero. As assertively democratic as a Norman Rockwell poster, it strikes indiscriminately at all ages, races, creeds and classes, though women are at considerably higher risk than men. And where are the men in those commercials? Clinical Depression is a chemical imbalance. The information contained in this little volume is too important to trust to hastily dashed off thoughts, without the benefit of careful darknses.

The most prevalent theme in Darkness Visible is how every individual afflicted by clinical depression ultimately has his or her own unique experience with the mental disorder. We are not talking about a few days or even depression over a week or two, but rather months where the elevator keeps going down no matter how many times one thumps the Up button. It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk.

A review of Reading My Father will follow at some point, hopefully in the very near future. His invalidism would be necessary, unquestioned and honorably attained. Jul 03, Mikol rated it it was amazing. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come- not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute.

Sometimes, reading a book that it’s not in your comfort zone, can be a breath of fresh air. This will be the most personal review I have ever written.


On pp of the book, Styron shares what is, to me, the most accurate and compelling description of what it is like to live with depression as he drkness preparing for a dinner party: He also expresses frustration at the stigma and ignorance surrounding depression, and frequently states that people cannot truly understand how devastating dtyron destructive depression is until they experiences it themselves. Apr 20, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

We still have a lot of love to give and to receive from our world and those who inhabit daekness.

I very unrealistically thought I could help save her life. My daughter has never reconciled with me. A Memoir of Madness. Do you think it’s pleasant being around you?

Darkness Visible (memoir) – Wikipedia

I had long been associated with the program as a board member. View all 5 comments. View all 78 comments. Styron’s honesty gives his memoir a sheer truthfulness, as his attention to detail and self-analysis make his story feel even more painful and real.

A Memoir of MadnessWilliam Styron endeavours to describe the undescribable. I have flashbacks at times.

Darkness Visible Quotes by William Styron

Maybe I’m being needlessly harsh in my one-star rating, but there was something about Styron’s memoir that really distressed me. The President of the Board had succeeded in removing two Directors preceding my taking sytron position. There is an acute fear of abandonment. It thus remains nearly incomprehensible to those who have not experienced it in its extreme mode, although the gloom, “the blues” which people go through occasionally and associate with the general hassle of everyday existence are of such prevalence that they do give many individuals a hint of the illness in its catastrophic form.