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Darkness Visible by William Styron
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Sep 15, 08

bookshelves: book-on-home-shelf, memoir
Recommended for: those interested in depression, psychology, tales of survival
Read in September, 2008, read count: 1

A harrowing memoir about a decent into madness from the person going into madness.

It's not a long book, and some of it is difficult to read in both style and subject matter, but I pushed through to the end. Suicidal depression affects many geniuses, talented people. Virginia Woolf, Primo Levi and most recently David Foster Wallace have all succumbed to their darker natures.

It is therefore somewhat uplifting to see an author who not only confronted his illness, but is living with it day to day - if not surviving it.

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