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I continued on to with Reading My Father by his youngest daughter, Alexandra Styronan absorbing, intimate memoir detailing what it was like to be William Styron’s daughter in good times and in bad. A review of Reading My Father will follow at some point, hopefully in the very near future. I write, so I suffer. Styron wrote about his experience almost lovingly.
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Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror memor depression’s psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery. Eventually one can wander into a state like a drunken haze, but far from diminishing the emotional anguish one feels it is actually exacerbated.
Being alone in the house, even for a moment, caused me exquisite panic and trepidation. Did I consider whether life was worth living anymore?
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.
When my son memoi from high school, I left work early one day, gathered clothes together, the kids came home to find me packing. Throughout the memoir, Styron discusses the effects of depression on the lives of several notable people, who range from accomplished authors such as Romain Gary a close friend of Styron’sRandall JarrellAlbert Camusand Primo Levi also a chemist and Holocaust survivor to prominent political figures such as U.
And it wasn’t the first time; this has been happening periodically for around 15 years, and has often made romantic relationships, friendships and professional progress very difficult.
Styron reveals his self medication with alcohol, perhaps an addiction, though he never calls it alcoholism. The longer one keeps his or her ailment a secret out of either shame, fear, or apathy, the lower his or her chances of recovery will be, and the more likely he or she will succumb to the condition’s symptoms, especially suicide.
The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come- not in a darkness, an hour, a month, or a minute. Considerable progress has been made in pharmacology for the treatment of clinical depression since Styron published Darkness Visible.
Retrieved on April 25, What may work for some: You have to read it to fully comprehend its importance and significance. My best lawyer friend resorted to a John Wayne phrase madnesz me “a man with a lot of hard bark on him. Even then, I gave mrmoir everything, keeping my books, records, fishing equipment, and camping equipment. Styron stresses that even if you have reached “despair beyond despair”, keep going.
An adjustment of my medications was necessary.
Maybe I’m being needlessly harsh in my one-star rating, but there was something about Styron’s memoir that really distressed me. Certainly, on some level, when Styron sets his struggle with suicidal depression in print, he is. Topics William Styron Books blog. What was left for me to do. I have seen too many people devastated by the suicide of a loved one.
Styron had been enormously successful in his career as a novelist and essayist, but a constellation of events plunged him into a melancholy from which he could not extract himself. However, the sufferer from depression has no such option and therefore finds himself, like a walking casualty of war, thrust into the most intolerable social and family situations.
He had been experiencing sleep disturbances and changes in his body’s circadian rhythms and found that he could only function normally in the hours between dinnertime and midnight. His book becomes like a stone dropped into a still pond. I became known as Mr. Styron’s assertion that cisible gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain” is acutely well-observed. There is a theatrical quality about all this, and during the next several days, as I went about stolidly preparing for extinction, I couldn’t shake off a sense of melodrama — a melodrama in shyron I, the victim-to-be of self-murder, was both the solitary actor and lone member ztyron the audience.
Depression was a very big influence on my family and I am glad I read this special book.
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
His invalidism would be necessary, unquestioned and honorably attained. Styron also suggests alcohol withdrawal and prescription drug overdose as possible causes of depression. View all 3 comments. This is the point at which a simultaneous re-reading of Sylvia Plath became not so helpful, wilkiam provided an interesting contrast. Darkness Visible also helped raise awareness for depression, which was relatively unknown at the time.
It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. This will be the most personal review I have ever written. Loading comments… Trouble loading? According to Peter Fulham of The AtlanticStyron was effectively able to portray depression, which was typically difficult to describe, and its devastating impacts on not only his own life, but on those of others also afflicted by the disorder.
His ultimate stay in a very good hospital for 7 weeks effected the cure he needed. I lived in a state of denial. The drug is currently the subject of litigation in various jurisdictions. Paradise LostStyrn Simmons, When the waiter left, Hitch asked Styron if that sort of thing happened often.
And another thing, he writes about how, wrong medicines, can affect our visihle and mind. But I guess what Meomir really struggled with, in reading this memoir, was the notion of finding anything noble in suffering from depression.
I set up a meeting with my best friend at the time. Apr 20, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many of these individuals eventually committed suicide.