This book was mysterious, and intriguing, and extremely thought-provoking. At times I would re-read sections to make sure that I was getting the point. For anyone who likes to read psychological, indepth, multi-layered works, this book is for you. William Styron uses the language in a way that is awe-inspiring. He obviously has an intimate knowledge with madness, and he leaves the remnants on each page. I finished this book, and felt that there should be more. /.,/Shelle
If you love southern authors, here is one of the best. This is one of my favorite authors. Very intense, in a subtle way. This book evidently brought him onto "the scene". LOVED IT!!! ... and plan to reread many times.
William Styron's first novel is often overlooked because "Sophie's Choice" is, without doubt, his flagship; however, his style in "Lie Down in Darkness" is as melancholy and forceful as it was in each of his subsequent novels. No reader can leave these pages unmoved by the depth of suffering, both self-imposed and due to other forces, of its principal characters. The family unit is rife with undercurrents and has no opportunity to become functional because the parents are so deeply involved with their own problems. I disliked Helen the most. Her passive aggressive martyrdom fueled her husband's neuroses and alcoholism until their relationship became Faulknerian in its dysfunction. Styron's well-known bouts of depression obviously inspired much of the insights into mental illness. The pain of these characters is palpable throughout the book.