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Darkness Visible by William Styron
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Aug 02, 10

bookshelves: 2010, death, depression, memoirs, mental-illness, favorites
Read from August 01 to 02, 2010 — I own a copy

The most spot-on description of depression I have ever read, refraining from overindulgent whining while simultaneously managing to avoid feeling clinical. Brilliantly done, honest and straight forward, Styron nails it. There is an elegance to the writing that adds a layer of heartbreak, allowing something so simple and sparse to have an intense affect on the reader. In less than 100 pages, Styron did what Wurtzel failed to do in 300+.
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