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The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
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Sep 05, 10

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This very unusual novel describes a utopian culture far removed from our modern competitive and materialist civilization. In this story, the
main character seems to be the very model of the personality who succeeds the most in our current society: aggressive, self-centered, arrogant, and dismissing of the true humanity of those whose lives he wields power over. Yet as this character find himself transported to the utopian island of Ata, he finds he has much spiritual growth to make to become civilized from the view of the inhabitants of that almost mythical seeming place. The society on Ata is based on reciprocity and mutual aid
rather than competition with and domination of others. The story line of the book follows the personal transformation of the main character as he discovers what is really important in life and how selfish desire must at times be sacrificed for the good of society as a whole.
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