Masters of Atlantisby Charles Portis
Lamar Jimmerson is the leader of the Gnomon Society, the international fraternal order dedicated to preserving the arcane wisdom of the lost city of Atlantis. Stationed in France in 1917, Jimmerson comes across a little book crammed with Atlantean puzzles,
Masters of Atlantis is a cock-eyed journey into an America of misfits and con-men, oddballs, and innocents.
Lamar Jimmerson is the leader of the Gnomon Society, the international fraternal order dedicated to preserving the arcane wisdom of the lost city of Atlantis. Stationed in France in 1917, 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 administer to and extend the ranks of the noble brotherhood.
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Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.
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I don't know why I like this book. It has all the trappings of being horrifically dull and seemed overly long. But, it has a certain Mark Twain quality about it. If you only know Mark Twain by the movies and cartoons made out of his books, then you won't get it. Avid Twain readers will. It's sort of like a Robert Altman film, more about characters than story arc. That's about all the analogies I can come up with. I often laughed out loud, which is a great annoyance. People ask you: "What's so funny?" There usually isn't a short answer. The best response is: "You have to read this book!"
Wish I could get my money back. Downloaded it to my Nook and couldn't believe how ridiculous this book is I'm three quarters through it and I hate it. I just feel I have to finish it. I can't believe I bought it without more research now.