Patricia Wedeking’s “Thoughts About Living and Learning” has a unique stylistic grace, a seemingly effortless elegance, and an existentialist vision that is almost iconoclastic – reversing classical Greek dramatic values while giving them imitative praise
Suhr, Switzerland (PRWEB) January 26, 2013
Patricia Wedeking gathers together her ruminations of quiet but intense existentialist values, making no bones that the two short stories contained in her book Thoughts About Living and Learning were generated by memory and experience. Yet everywhere in these stories, readers will find the author to have stepped out – to have quietly faded into the background and let the characters and narrative speak for themselves. Wedeking then transforms her living symbols into almost iconic relief, with the elegance of classic Greek plays – with very little change in terms of formal physical backgrounds, she throws a power charge through the depths of the psychic and the heat of interior drama – providing the motive force for the promised transformation built into the thematic base of her stories.
With these in mind, the reader starts off this compelling reading experience with the short story “The Eyes of a Child.” What the eyes of the child see are deftly generalised by Wedeking into the passage of decades and seem to be simple expositions of common experience. It has a strange hook to it, though, and readers will realise after almost subconsciously reading it to the end, that it has the powerful charge of infinity compressed, then strung into “small dramas.” It is an effect that reverses the values of Greek plays while giving it imitative praise.
The second story, “Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust,” asks two questions about human existence – where it came from and why it came to be the way it is. It follows an ordinary American family’s history seen following the death of its main character named Teddy Ruhen. It is the second, most convincing proof that Wedeking, after giving formal nods to her literary concerns, is a born storyteller with a unique stylistic gift for turning her stories into charged atmospheres that enthrall.
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About the Author
Patricia Ann Wedeking was born in Illinois, U.S.A., and attended the Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where she studied education. She then moved to Denver Colorado, U.S.A. where she worked in management and later on with handicapped people. She also jobbed in an antique store as she made her degree in accounting. Later, she moved on to Sacramento California, U.S.A. where she worked as a manager of a check cashing store for quite a few years. In 1991 she moved to Switzerland where she completed a higher level of the German language and also achieved a teaching degree for adults (SVEB). She taught English to teenagers and adults, which completely fulfilled her until she reached her retirement. For the past 20 years she wrote poems and short stories. She had one daughter and lived with her partner in Switzerland. Unfortunately, Patricia Wedeking passed away in October 2012 and was never able to see the publishing of her first book. She will always be lovingly remembered by those who knew her.
Thoughts About Living and Learning * by Patricia Wedeking
Publication Date: January 9, 2013
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