Soon he is basking in the lore of lost Atlantis, convinced that his mission on earth is to extend the ranks of this noble brotherhood. He forms the Gnomon Society, an international fraternal order dedicated to preserving that lost city's arcane wisdom.
From the publication of Jimmerson's own Gnomic texts, through the schism that rocks the Gnomic community, to the fateful gathering of the Gnomons in a mobile-home park in East Texas, Masters of Atlantis is a cockeyed journey into an America of misfits and con-men, oddballs, and innocents.
©1985 Charles Portis; (P)2002 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I think this droll novel is a gem, a comic masterpiece, and it's brought me more pleasure than any work of fiction I've read in recent years.
If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
Portis does have a way with description. The blurb on the cover (from Entertainment Weekly!) says "a glimpse of how a 20th-century Mark Twain might write" and that's exactly right. Absurd details about and around its outlandish characters make it funny throughout.
Storywise, it's aimless and just peters out at the end. But if you want a good laugh, it's definitely for you.
Brian Emerson doe a great job conveying the prose's tone.
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