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Darkness Visible by William Styron
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Mar 16, 11

Read in March, 2011

There is that scintillating, revelatory moment all voracious readers have come to cherish: When an author's words reverberate so deeply within the core of self-identity, when unexpectedly you see yourself mirrored on the page, like a baby discovering his or her reflection for the first time or a lonesome star first encountering its binary companion, it becomes nearly impossible to avoid an instinctual, convulsive movement in response to the feeling. Internal process of emotion overflows to the external. Tears, laughter, anger, gratitude.

Companionship, its stirring sense, its inkling just visible within the deepest sands of depression. That what was previously thought beyond description could in fact be impossibly written, impossibly read, impossibly redemptive, impossibly healing.
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