Second Bookses

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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness - William Styron William Styron's Darkness Visible has been on my TBR list for years, probably since its release. He was one of the first authors to be open about his battles with mental illness, and having written a thesis on the seemingly inextricable tie between authors and suicide for a psychology seminar I needed to cobble together a minor for graduation while in undergrad, Styron's memoir intrigued me.While he is candid about his struggles with depression, the memoir is written in a very stream-of-consciousness manner, and Styron often went off on tangents about others he knew who struggled with mental illness, or historical factoids about figures such as Lincoln who were rumored to have dealt with depression. In addition, he spoke of his struggles with an almost emotionless detachment -- probably necessary for him to get through it, but it leaves the reader feeling just as detached from the writing.

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