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Atmâ A Romance by C. A. (Caroline Augusta) Frazer is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that explores themes of love, spirituality, and the intricacies of human relationships. Set in the picturesque backdrop of rural France, the story follows the intertwined lives of three main characters: Atmâ, a mystic and healer with an enigmatic past; Elodia, a young woman torn between her desire for independence and her longing for connection; and Jean-Pierre, a troubled artist searching for inspiration and redemption.

One of the standout features of this novel is the rich and immersive writing style employed by C. A. Frazer. The author effortlessly transports readers into the lush landscapes of Provence, engaging all senses in the process. From the vibrant colors of sun-drenched fields to the aroma of lavender, every scene is meticulously described, creating a vivid and palpable atmosphere. It is as if the reader becomes a participant, experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells firsthand.

Furthermore, Frazer's characterization is masterfully done, allowing readers to form deep connections with the characters. Atmâ, in particular, is a complex and enigmatic protagonist. Her spiritual journey and her unwavering belief in the power of love are portrayed with sincerity and grace, making her a compelling figure to follow throughout the narrative. Elodia's struggle for independence and her conflicting emotions are also sensitively depicted, rendering her relatable and genuine.

The exploration of spirituality and mysticism is another major strength of Atmâ A Romance. Frazer skillfully weaves elements of mysticism and philosophy into the fabric of the plot, inviting readers to contemplate life's deeper questions. Through Atmâ's teachings and experiences, the novel prompts reflection on the interconnectedness of all beings and the healing power of love. Frazer's incorporation of spiritual themes adds an additional layer of depth and complexity to the story, enhancing its overall impact.

Despite these strengths, the novel does have a few minor flaws. The pacing, at times, feels slow, particularly in the first half of the book. Some readers may find the descriptive passages excessive, prolonging the narrative unnecessarily. Additionally, while the romance between Elodia and Jean-Pierre is satisfyingly developed, some secondary characters could have benefited from further exploration and development.

In summary, Atmâ A Romance is a beautifully written novel that transports readers to a world brimming with spirituality, passion, and self-discovery. Frazer's evocative prose and compelling characters make for an immersive reading experience that lingers long after the final page is turned. Whether one is drawn to the themes of love, spirituality, or the complexities of human relationships, this novel offers a captivating journey of the heart and soul.

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"When âtman (nom. sing. Atmâ) occurs in philosophical treatises ... it has generally been translated by soul, mind, or spirit. I tried myself to use one or other of these words, but the oftener I employed them the more I felt their inadequacy, and was driven at last to adopt ... Self as the least liable to misunderstanding."

Max Muller, in North American Review for June , 1879.




Entered according to Act of Parliament in the year 1891, by JOHN LOVELL & SON, in the office of the Minister of Agriculture and Statistics at Ottawa.



O that Decay were always beautiful! How soft the exit of the dying day, The dying season too, its disarray Is gold and scarlet, hues of gay misrule, So it in festive cheer may pass away; Fading is excellent in earth or air, With it no budding April may compare, Nor fragrant June with long love laden hours; Sweet is decadence in the quiet bowers Where summer songs and mirth are fallen asleep, And sweet the woe when fading violets weep.

O that among things dearer in their wane Our fallen faiths might numbered be, that so Religions cherished in their hour of woe Might linger round the god deserted fane, And worshippers be loath to leave and pray That old time power return, until there may Issue a virtue, and the faith revive And holiness be there, and all the sphere Be filled with happy altars where shall thrive The mystic plants of faith and hope to bear Immortal fruitage of sweet charity; For I believe that every piety, And every thirst for truth is gift divine, The gifts of God are not to me unclean Though strangely honoured at an unknown shrine... Continue reading book >>

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