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Darkness Visible by William Styron
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Dec 24, 2011

did not like it
Read in November, 2011

I've read quite a bit about depression, and I've dealt with it for most of my life, and I just didn't enjoy this book. I found it irritating that Styron kept insisting depression was indescribable, how so many artists and writers have tried to depict it properly and none can, the words and images don't do the concept justice. Yes, it's hard, but many have done a better job than this. His constant mentioning of how difficult the subject was came across like an apology for the book itself. The book read like a therapeutic exercise for Styron rather than something others would wanted to read. As for the writing style- he wrote Sophie's Choice. I really should have expected what I got.
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