Excellent, quick read. It was intriguing to read a memoir from someone who has lived through a suicidal depression. Suicide has had a lasting impact on my life. This book may shed some light for others on the debilitating effects of depression.
I read this book many years ago after a suicide attempt and two back-to-back hospitalizations for a seriously debilitating depression which I suffered with for years. Reading it was, at least for me, like walking hand in hand with a kindred soul who, unlike myself, was able to accurately describe the deep dark abyss of major depression. It was comforting like a warm blanket on a cold night. I highly recommend this book for anyone suffering from depression...but I espcially recommend it for anyone who has a loved one they suspect may be seriously depressed. Although there have been great strides in the treatment of depression since I went through it, depression is depression is depression and the person suffering from it is living in a hell all their own. Although dated, I firmly believe this book can provide understanding and can give hope to those who feel hopeless. Thank you Mr. Styron for one of the best books I ever read.
A very good description of what it is like to go into and come out of depression. I like William Styron, and found that he is very honest when talking about himself.
This is a great inside view of depression & the devestating effects.
Average. This book is a mixture of good and bad. I bought this book because I have been diagnosed with depression for 4 years now and always am interested in reading other sufferers' accounts. Reading about William Syron's personal battle with depression is interesting, but because his major onset of he disease happened for him in the mid-1980s much of what he talks about is dated. Incredible strides have been taken over the past 25 years. Read it for his personal and accurate account of how depression manifests itself, but not for any type of "professional" resource on how to treat the disease.