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From acclaimed novelist Charles Portis comes this comic masterpiece of secret societies, lost cities, and American dreamers. Stationed in France in 1917, Lamar Jimmerson comes across a little book crammed with Atlantean puzzles, Egyptian riddles, and extended alchemical metaphors. It's the Codex Pappus - the sacred Gnomon text.

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.

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  • Ted
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 01-06-16

like nothing I've ever read

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.

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  • Peregrine
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 09-18-16

Funny but rambling

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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Great story

I'm finding that when I listen to books I have already read and liked, I get a lot more out of them.

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Disappointing

we know that Charles Portis can write. we know he understands tension and character and emotional Stakes. but this entire book is a boring mess. even his Joseph Heller moment of a senate Inquisition Falls flat and goes on way too long. do yourself a favor and skip this one. go for it True Grit or dog of the South instead