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Shouting to the Wind (Valley of many winds)


Shouting to the Wind (Valley of many winds)

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    Mario Edlosi
The South Dakota woman who wrote this novel twenty-five years ago had the narrative skills of a serious writer — the ear for dialogue, the attention to details that make a scene come alive, the desire to tell a story. It reads well and easily. But this is more of a down-to earth accounting than a champagne-and-caviar romance. It rings with authenticity, with the gritty realism of the real experiences of a woman left with three young children to raise by herself (one of them a brain-damaged son) who is struggling to establish an academic career for herself, while coping with her own strong need for love and support. The value of this narrative for me lies in the insights that can be gained into the mind and heart, the thoughts and feelings, of an emotionally distraught woman struggling for survival, to maintain her equilibrium, her sanity, in the face of difficult circumstances. Not only is she distracted by the residue of bitterness and distrust which can result from unhappy marriage and divorce, but she must also cope with the academic politics and drudgery which a graduate student faces sometimes, the pain of reluctantly placing her son in special schools, and the intermittent attempts at finding meaningful adult relationships which, by and large, fail. These pressures produce anger, fears, anxiety, bewilderment in her psyche, her soul. They skew her perceptions and color her decisions and shake profoundly her trust in human beings. She suffers panics. She sees signs of conspiracy, of plotting against her and her son, too, of attempts to harm, even kill them. Doctor, lawyer, social worker, friends — all dismiss her fears and perceptions. She is alone. Lest the story seem too grim for your taste, let me say that there are numerous scenes, especially dialogues with the children, that ring true with the daily preoccupations of many of us. There is also an endearing dog named Sukie who takes our frustrated mother on walks and gets tender, loving care from her. There is even humor in some of the scenes with various men who, for the most part, seem intent on taking, not giving, love. It is probably Barbara’s need to survive, for herself, for her children, that carries her through to action. She leaves her son in the institution, her daughter with her ex-husband, arranges to follow a lover to Germany to study there, and leaves us with the fervent hope that she will regain emotional strength and resilience in the new setting, with more authentic and satisfying relationships. Tesseract Publications is to be congratulated for publishing this fictionalized case history from a subject’s viewpoint. Which Way The Wind Blows, volume II of the Trilogy, Valley of Many Winds, is also available from them.   show more
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  • PDF | 220 pages
  • Mario Edlosi
  • Tesseract Pubns
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