The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You (a.k.a. The Comforter)

The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You (a.k.a. The Comforter)

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by Dorothy Bryant
     
 

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art love story, part utopian fantasy, part spiritual fable, The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You is "a beautiful, symbolic journey of the soul" (Berkeley Monthly). Into the world of the Ata comes a desperate man, running from a fast life of fame and fortune, drugs and crime. He is led by the kin of Ata on a spiritual journey that, sooner or later, we all

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art love story, part utopian fantasy, part spiritual fable, The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You is "a beautiful, symbolic journey of the soul" (Berkeley Monthly). Into the world of the Ata comes a desperate man, running from a fast life of fame and fortune, drugs and crime. He is led by the kin of Ata on a spiritual journey that, sooner or later, we all must take.

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ISBN-13:
9780679778431
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
290,032
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.45(d)

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The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You (a.k.a. The Comforter) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
moonstone-magic More than 1 year ago
The most amazing book ever for fantasy or spiritual readers. I have the book and it is on my "keep forever" shelf. I'd rate it a strong PG-13 or rated R.
Judy_Croome More than 1 year ago
A book of hope and inspiration, THE KIN OF ATA ARE WAITING FOR YOU carries the reader along as gently and as inexorably as a mountain stream. The anti-hero we meet in the first pages is unlikeable in many ways; despite this (or perhaps because of it) one has a stake in the outcome of his spiritual journey on the island of Ata and his final test back in the material world. Life on Ata is what one imagines pre-lapserian Eden was like. As he experiences more of the community of Ata; as he learns to understand more than just the spoken language of the Kin, and as he bonds emotionally with the stately Augustine, a woman like none other he has known, his soul evolves and blossoms like a desert flower after the first drops of life giving rain. There are many insights and thought-provoking scenes throughout this story, all the more remarkable when one remembers that this story was written in 1971! It¿s all too easy to miss the far-sighted vision of Bryant when one reads this book in the second decade of the 21st century, when the search for individual spiritual enlightenment has been mainstream for the last twenty years or more. When it was first published, THE KIN OF ATA must surely have been both ground-breaking and deeply illuminating. THE KIN OF ATA is a story that must be read with an open mind and patience, for its message is subtle, layered and important. However, I had personal issue with the projection of a universal human condition (racial prejudice) onto the convenient scapegoat that is South Africa. In addition, there were times when the narrative was too lengthy. Mostly, the writing was so lyrical and so dream-like it only added to the otherworldly ambience of the anti-hero¿s soul journey. There were occasions, though, when some dialogue, or shorter descriptions may have been more effective in holding the reader. The current title, too, is obscure; I prefer the original title ¿The Comforter.¿ The final strength of this story lies in the lingering effect it has on a reader. Ultimately, this is a book for all ages and all seasons: the truths it contains are truths of an ancient wisdom spoken in the language of our time. We may, as the anti-hero did when he first arrived on Ata, take some time to fully understand what we¿ve experienced but, when we reach that moment of enlightenment, we¿ll find ourselves forever changed.
Erin Fremouw More than 1 year ago
A modern allegory dealing with dreams and so much more. An unnforgetable and life changing read.
doni0210 More than 1 year ago
I first read this book almost 30 tears ago and after all of this time, and hundreds of books later, it is still my favorite book. I will give you a hint that the first chapter is not a reflection on how the rest of the book goes. It was given to me as a gift. After reading the first chapter I asked my friend why she wanted me to read this book. She told me to keep reading, that it got better. If you are use to reading most self-help books that are available for spiritual growth, this will be a different format than anything that is out there. But I promise it will open doors to understanding on levels that others never reach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book. I just deleted my review because I do not want to give anything away to you. Suffice to say, it is gripping from the beginning, and the author captures the very core essence of spirituality as well as what is required for spiritual life. No this isn't a self help text, it is an amazing novel ingeniously using a character so easy to identify with, the journey becomes your own. Find this book if you feel unrest, fear, or anxiety in your life. Right now...
Guest More than 1 year ago
the kin of ata is the most beautiful book i have ever read. it was given to me by my friend faith, who i now realize must know exactly who i am. it is so real to me that every time i read it, i cry. it is like finally being accepted and going home. i find it hard to receive this as just a story from the mind of the author. i acknowledge the akashic records and the elasticity of time, and i honestly feel that on some level she lived it. you can say i'm crazy but this is no fantasy. somewhere in time, it is real. if you have not read it, please do. if you yearn for something in your life so beautiful it defies logic, please do. if you are seeking a dream of how things can be, please do. i am well read and have loved long, and without hesitation, this book is the only book i would recommend to leaders of nations, as well as my loved ones. i can say no more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brings the reader into another world- you start reading it as if you were in your true life and then it becomes a hase of fantasy and reality. this is a book for serious thinker. It may come off as a nice novel but keep thinking ... there is something that you have missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is honestly the best book I ever read. I started reading it and finished it in about an hour.I had a friends copy and directly went out and bought my own copy. I have read it numerous times since than. I highly recomend this book to anyone that likes fantasy.