Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron’s true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression’s psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.
I thought this was a very interesting read. People who suffer from depression (or likely any mental illness) or those who know a sufferer or even just someone who is interested in the subject should find interest in this memoir.
The author brings up some good points and a lot of what he says still applies today. It baffles me how there is still such a lack of awareness for mental health considering just how many people experience it. People are still afraid to talk about it or admit that they are struggling, which is not right.
Everyone should read this to just get a tiny amount of knowledge on the subject and then maybe be inspired to learn more.
The ending was a bit abrupt, however. I wish he would have explained more about his recovery to help people with depression reading it. Or just, I don’t know…I guess I just wanted more?