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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (571 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Portis Narrator: Barrett Whitene Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No matter how extravagant the horseplay…a purpose infuses the craziness, a sense that the author is after something bigger than jokes. He is giving us a picture of Main Street made silly, of Babbittry gone goofy.”

    New York Times

  • “This great work is not only a contender for funniest American novel ever written but is also a melancholy consideration of the life of a dreamer and the tribulations of his followers.”

    Washington Post

  • “As much as I love Charles Portis’ other books, I believe Masters of Atlantis takes off even higher into the comic empyrean.”

    Roy Blount, Jr.

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/15/2014

    " First 100 pages or so were humorous - then the joke became old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 2/13/2014

    " Until I got around to reading True Grit, this was my favorite Charles Portis book. It's typical of his other books (except True Grit) in that a simpleton finds himself in unusual circumstances surrounded by more simpletons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grace Krilanovich | 2/1/2014

    " killer hilarious. I miss Squanto. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 2/1/2014

    " This is one of the funniest books I have ever read, a dead perfect parody of Freemasonry and other lodge-based secret societies. You don't have to be a Mason to appreciate Portis's wit and fantastic writing, though. This is one that I keep trying to get others to read. It's fantastic! "

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About the Author
Author Charles Portis

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. As a reporter, he wrote for the New York Herald-Tribune and was also its London bureau chief. His first novel, Norwood, was published in 1966. His other novels are True Grit, Masters of Atlantis, The Dog of the South, and Gringos.