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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness Paperback – 1 January 1992
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- Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (1 January 1992)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679736395
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679736394
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 0.76 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 202,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The isolation and clinical, routine plainness of the hospital, a very expensive private hospital, meets the desolation of self head-on in Styron's healing period and he pays touching tributes to the work that hospital care did to restore his mental and neural imbalance. The interesting take-up at the end of this remarkable extended essay into the period of 'incomplete mourning' that a child endures when a parent dies young suggests a possible cause of depression, something which hovers wraith-like over your conscious, waking self for a lifetime of guilt and uncomprehending rage until the age of sixty, in Styron's case, 'that hulking milestone of mortality', when depression for him took centre-stage.
Because this book is so personal, it becomes ironically a book for all seasons to be shouted from rooftops everywhere. Though the 'circuits begin to drown', as Styron puts it, the stars are still in their allotted spaces high above. The only way then is up.
After reading this book, all I can think of is wishing he was young enough to stil be alive so I could meet him; he was I’m sure a great man!
Styron is a wonderful writer, which enables him to elucidate the thoughts and feelings that even the most articulate of people struggle to communicate when suffering from this highly distressing and life-threatening disorder.