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Back in print, Portis's brilliant "white comedy" is an unforgettable tale of secret societies, lost cities, and sacred texts--a cockeyed journey into an America of misfits and con men, oddballs and innocents.

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josierae, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by josierae)
While Portis might becoming a more familiar name due to the recent re-adaptation of his novel True Grit by the Cohen Brothers, it's worth taking a peek at one of his other novels, Masters of Atlantis. Portis writes with such wit and cleverness, he'll have you chuckling to yourself or forcing your friends to sit back and humor you as you read a line or two from this bizarrely funny book. Portis creates a sprawling mythology to the secret society at the center of this novel -- the Gnomons, led by two competing factions (Mr. Jimmerson's and Hen's) who base their rituals and belief systems on the lost city of Atlantis. From a decaying headquarters in Indiana, Mr. Jimmerson rules with absent-minded befuddlement as his rival, Hen, skirts about London then Mexico with a band of eccentric followers. There is no real way to describe this book; it's like nothing I've ever read before. But it is also one of the best books I've ever read and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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ISBN:
9781585670215
Author:
Portis, Charles
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Location:
Woodstock :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Atlantis
Subject:
Secret societies
Subject:
Atlantis (Legendary place)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
106-470
Publication Date:
20000331
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.07x5.46x.75 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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