The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Darkness Visible by William Styron The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon Prozac . Chris Cox: William Styron’s Darkness Visible remains, two decades on, a beacon of hope in this benighted realm of experience. The New York Times–bestselling memoir of crippling depression and the struggle for recovery by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Sophie’s Choice.

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I was fortunate to find the right combination. Literary Memoirs Literary Studies: After all, that male ego is such an impediment to admitting to what is viewed as a weakness. Styron seriously contemplated suicide. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. And because no breeze stirs this caldron, because there is no escape from this smothering confinement, its entirely natural that the victim begins to think ceaselessly of oblivion.

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It is not so much that confession is good for the soul, but that with each voice speaking about the debilitating anguish of depression, perhaps those who do not understand it will not view those who suffer from it weak human beings, would be shirkers of responsibility, or simply spineless beings. Can you conceive the helplessness of being able to perceive sttyron lies that your own brain is telling you, but still being unable to escape them? I have walked out in rain—and back in rain. A little time, you’ll feel better in no time.

Retrieved from ” https: For in virtually any other serious sickness, a patient who felt similar devistation would by lying flat in bed, possibly sedated and hooked up to the tubes and wires of life-support systems, but at the very least in a posture of repose and in an isolated setting. Retrieved on April 25, Thanks for telling us about the problem.


But speak with psychologists in the NHS and they’ll tell you they are braced for higher case loads, even as frontline mental services are being senselessly cut. Having experienced this ‘darkness’ without remittance for most of my life, I styroon high hopes for this book- which he did deliver, and evident in his descriptions of feeling like a ‘husk’, and the fragile moments following a near-suicide attempt- “this sound, which like all music- indeed like all pleasure- I had been numbly unresponsive to for months, Given the number of great reviews this darmness had, I was eager to read, especially regarding a topic I feel is extremely neglected in good literature.

Styron stresses that even if you have reached “despair beyond despair”, keep going.

Styron is remarkable for his revelation of his illness, it is the taking off the mask that those battling depression wear so well, for so long. My best lawyer friend resorted to a John Wayne phrase calling me “a man with a sarkness of hard bark on him.

Men closely identify themselves with their work.

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

Thus, it is definitely a must-read for everyone! Paradise LostSamuel Simmons, I brought it home and read it and saw myself in the pages looking back at me.

I would become a righter of wrongs. In it, he described depression as “a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self — to the mediating intellect — as to verge close to being beyond description.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For I emerged from darkness, once again to see the stars. Aug 07, Darlene rated it really liked it Shelves: Needless to say I knew nothing about his descent into a very dark depression. To further complicate matters, though Styron does not admit it in Darkness Visible Styron was a hypochondriac extraordinaire.

Elsewhere he protests persuasively against the word itself, saying that it totally fails to convey “the howling tempest in the brain”. I explained their mother and I couldn’t get along anymore. Rather than it’s downfall, the briefness of this book was perfect, as it meant that even one with difficulty concentrating could dagkness and comprehend the text without feeling overwhelmed.


Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

When my son graduated from high school, I left work early one day, gathered clothes together, the kids came home to find me packing. Formerly the Sytron of a Not for Profit Corporation, I was placed under a degree of stress I was incapable of handling. The following day, Styron checks himself into a hospital, which he had previously avoided on the advice of darness psychiatrist, who harbors a strong opposition to institutional treatment.

Upon its darknrss, Darkness Visible received praise from critics and readers for eloquently yet frankly bringing awareness to clinical depression, a condition that was obscure yet prevalent among many people and highly stigmatized. At just 85 pages, Styron’s account is piercingly concise.

Illuminating depression

Order by newest oldest recommendations. I kept remembering the bliss of that day as I sank deeper into the lake my last breath bubbling to the surface and the incredible softness and beauty of the afternoon sun reaching below the surface and I in total surrender, enveloped by her. Styron reveals his self medication with alcohol, perhaps an addiction, though he never calls it alcoholism.

Randall Jarrell, Primo Levi, and more. Featured photo of William Styron: Jul 03, Mikol rated it it was amazing. Looking back I’ve had a major episode of depression at about every 15 years.