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HUNGER FOR ATLANTIS (Work of Art Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 674 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"A TRUE AVANT-GARDE OF ART," TINFOOT, TOP 100 REVIEWER.


"ELEGANT, INTRIGUING, AND ENTERTAINING!" GERALDINE AHEARN, 
TOP 500 REVIEWER, VINE VOICE, AUTHOR OF, 'FROM AMERICA'S FUTURE
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"I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT THIS BOOK," STEVEN L. SHEPPARD,
AUTHOR OF, 'THE UNTOLD STORY OF PYRAMUS AND THISBE
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From the Author

"Hunger For Atlantis" is a battle for the values that made America great. 

It is the conflict of opposites, of authority against individualism, of irrationality against
reason, and of force against freedom.

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  • File Size: 1748 KB
  • Print Length: 674 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Seal-Point; 2nd edition (May 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JY2FXC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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If I were to define my spirit in one sentence, I would say, "I was born an Australian, with a longing for America, from my childhood, a desire that became a reality, when I became an American citizen."

If you want to learn more about me, you will find the answers in my work.










Photographs: Mario

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tinfoot TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 24, 2014
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A vast canvas of swirling style and perspicacious pondering, HUNGER FOR ATLANTIS is as the author describes, a “Work of Art”, that does evoke the grand musings present in the deeply steeped social-philosophical seminal works of Ayn Rand.

As a reader of book reviews, I have never been enamored of the synopsis, having always preferred the unveiling mental vistas as I read, brave new worlds of thought with as few landmarks as possible. So I shan't contravene my own principles and provide one here. Nevertheless, I will treat in brief the grand scope of HUNGER FOR ATLANTIS.

The most remarkable aspect is an interesting, even jolting, dichotomy of style. The bulk of the narrative is written in a staccato fashion, short, simple sentences, which one may liken to a painting's background fleshed out in widely spaced pointillism, that in turn contrasts with engagingly written character dialogue, sweeping strokes of foreground color and meaning. Yet at critical junctures, swaths of philosophically pregnant character interactions propel the plot, usually heavily interspersed with character monologues (a technique that Ayn Rand was particularly fond of). Consistently paced, I felt compelled by these interactions to continue, to see where the author was going, to explore resolutions and their implications, often at odds with my own conceptualizations and metaphysical ruminations. However, it is the consideration of all possible answers that gives growth to understanding, not the static confirmations of what one presupposes.

HUNGER FOR ATLANTIS is not a casual work, not easily accessible by the dragonfly perusal of common literature, but an erudite juxtaposition of bold textures and earnest examinations of social, moral, civic, and developmental foundations.
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According to the author, ‘Hunger for Atlantis’ ‘is a battle for the values that made America great. It is the conflict of opposites, of authority against individualism, of irrationality against reason, and of force against freedom’.

It’s good to have a summary of what the author has set out to do in the 600+ pages of this novel, even though the repetition of the values and the continuing battles will be etched into a reader’s mind by the end of the novel.

‘Hunger for Atlantis’ presents a fairly straightforward battle between the good guys and the bad guys in a style and form which will be familiar to those of us who’ve read Ayn Rand’s fiction. The bad guys oppose individuality, encourage collective weakness and cannot grasp any concept of singularity, while the good guys encourage individual effort, logic and reason. There seem to be many more bad guys than good guys. And caught between the two, our wealthy protagonist, Stanzie Brock, is undecided.

‘She could not decide which direction she should take.’

Will a Montessori style of education, and increased availability of wireless electricity solve all of the problems that haunt America (and presumably the rest of the wold)? Are those who resist the teaching philosophy of ‘the School for Self-Esteem’ misguided? Is the Academy being wrongfully blamed for certain events? And why, if wireless electricity is such a perfect answer to energy supply problems is it being resisted?

‘Industries would go bankrupt overnight.’

I found some passages of this novel entertaining, but for me the flow of the narrative was disrupted by some quite idiosyncratic writing such as: ‘He expectorated in an official manner, coughing mildly and gaining their attention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim.C. on November 2, 2014
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I had a very different experience from what was expressed in a couple of negative reviews, in fact quite the opposite as I found the book quite absorbing the more I read.
I can relate to lots of experiences that Stanzie has. She seems overwhelmed by the 'intelligent' people around her, but she has good reason to be. They seem to almost deliberately try to confuse her and they are the intellectual ones!! She starts to discover that people are not what they appear, as she tries to navigate through the world and manage her company.

I enjoyed the character Kimberly Whitefield, because of the anecdotes. He does some hilarious things, which should not be funny but are, such as abusing his brother's love for him and making his brother take the wrap for things that Kimberly does. He is really bad, because he uses others and enjoys taking advantage of them.
He really made me think a lot about how we just accept the way society is screwed up.

That's the problem that Stanzie faces, trying to understand how society ticks, while Kimberly takes advantage of naivety. He laughs at the intelligentsia and their authority, showing how foolish they are.
I didn't know much about Montessori, but I can see why her way of education is better then what we have. Overall, Hunger For Atlantis provokes lots of thinking about where we are today.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aaron C. Brown TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2014
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I notice that some reviewers liked this book a lot. What seemed like wooden and amateurish writing to me, struck them as original and stylish. Clearly, that's a matter of taste. For me, I have trouble appreciating the virtues of this book. I'd like to see it after an editor had cut out half the words, corrected the grammar and tightened the story. Dialog is a particular problem, it is unrealistic and directed at the reader rather than the character supposedly being addressed.

The story itself is clearly a vehicle for making some points. No one will have much interest in either the plot or the characters. The strength of the book is the ideas, which do come though clearly. However, they could be expressed either in a much shorter essay, or a much more compelling work of fiction.

Given the range of opinions about this book, you'll have to make up your own mind. As always.
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