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I rank Masters of Atlantis fourth best in my listing of Charles Portis novels It s also his fourth chronologically Number one of course is True Grit then Norwood then Gringos and last The Dog of the South If you are a fan of the uirky of common man American culture in uaintly bizarre representation you can t go wrong with any of them In Masters of Atlantis Portis takes on an odd American institution that worms its way into all his work the society with secret knowledge Aliens are responsible for the advances of human history or alchemists or lost tribes Anyway certain unacknowledged prophets are aware of much that the supposed experts The truth And they will let you in on what s really happening usually for a nominal fee and a special greeting for members onlyThis kind of thing is still around perhaps attaining its most virulent form in the brotherhood of Beck but genteel fraternal organizations do survive The heyday of Shriners and Moose Freemasons and Rosicrucians though seems to have passed That s a movement in our history that Charles Portis undoubtedly regrets and he joyfully pays tribute to gnostic knowing with this comic homage It s Portis s most ambitious work in the number of major characters and historical context The Gnomon society achieves intermittent fame and fortune not only through the initial efforts of Lamar Jimmerson who returns to the States after World War I with the Codex Papas and establishes a temple in Burnette Indiana There s also Sidney Hen fellow Master and leader of Gnomonism in England then Canada then Mexico before finally being reunited with Jimmerson in the La Coma trailer park just outside of Brownsville TexasAnd there are lower ranking figures who play significant roles in this story One of the chief disciples of the Gnomon way as it approaches the end of the twentieth century is Maurice Babcock who Portis describes in great and marvelous detail not fat but with the soft look of a middle aged bachelor who has a good job money in the bank who takes pills and time released capsules throughout the day avoids all foods prepared in aluminum cookware and eats a bowl of bran at bedtime to scour the pipes It s Babcock who gets to go on the inevitable Portis road trip which has to be sueezed into the overstuffed story Too bad with this kind of observation The farmers of America Babcock noticed had stopped wearing straw hats overalls and high top shoes and had gone over to the trucker s uniform of baseball caps tight jeans and cowboy boots this outfit having the raffish air of the pool hall Women cannot be privy to the myteries of the Cone of Fate but Portis still manages to include some strong ones who play prominent parts Indeed Masters of Atlantis suffers from an embarrassment of riches A Portis story by nature meanders but this one especially seems to wander nevertheless keeping the reader chuckling as it does so The extensive cast and the extended time frame are heavy burdens for Portis s intimate and collouial styleWould that Portis had centered the tale on the novel s most impressive creation Austin Popper the uintessential glad handler an irrepressible promoter who is sometimes facetious in a most unbecoming way with a vulgar inclination to make everything clear and a ready fund of information gleaned from newspapers and popular magazines When momentum flags you can depend on Austin Popper for a jump start When the wisdom of Atlantis fails to gain attention or funding it s Popper who offers the chance to harness secret powers tap hidden reserves plug in to the Telluric Currents An unforgettable character with a talking blue jay he gives new meaning to the expression seize the moment Popper throttles itPopper s appearance before the Churton Committee of the Texas Senate investigating the recent infestation of the state by various cults sects communes cells covens nature tribes and secret societies is absolutely priceless It is his personality that makes wading through the digressions amusing as they are of Masters of Atlantis worth it Che cos'è un dispositivo? 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Charles Portis ↠ 1 READ READ Ü Masters of Atlantis Indiana and sees Gnomons gather in East Texas mobile home This is an America of misfits and con men oddballs and innocent. What makes an American novel What makes a great novel And what makes the Great American Novel Masters of Atlantis isn t the Great American Novel that elusive white whale of navel gazing twentieth century writers but it is great and to judge by the jacket copy on every single one of his books extremely American I agree with that sentiment although I really can t say why Obviously the fact that it s set in America makes it American in some way but I think what those reviewers are trying to get at is that there s something about the way Portis presents the events in his book that a foreigner just couldn t replicate Since plenty of non natives from have written great books both set in and about the US it s worth thinking about why Portis works get grouped in with Mark Twain s and not Vladimir Nabokov s I think it s mostly due to the brilliantly intimate way that Portis sketches his characters who usually fall into two main archetypes credulous yokels and self confident hustlersRight from the very first page of this book when WW1 soldier Lamar Jimmerson is convinced to pay 200 for the secret magisteria of the legendary Gnomon Society by a man who is variously called Nick from Turkey or Mike from Egypt or Jack from Syria or Robert from Malta Portis sets up a great story with fascinating characters The actual con that begins the story is over in a matter of pages but the childlike faith with which Lamar pursues his dreams of being a Gnomon whose Pythagorean rituals and lore involving cones and spirals and triangles are never described completely but alluded to constantly sustains not only him but at one point thousands of others who flock to his banner Early on he meets the Englishman Sydney Hen who convinces him to share in his secrets and with the eventual arrival of diabolically inventive henchman Austin Popper the rest of the book unfolds in hilarious overlapping layers of bullshit as the Society rises splinters and falls and Popper strikes out on his own all over the map as a demented bibulous berfraud This is on one level a classic satire of American society which has always been made up of joiners and mystics and truth seekers There is no club or fraternal organization so ridiculous that it can t find a membership of willing dupes partly this reflects our sheer size and partly it also reflects the perennial tendency for such a materialistic society to find Higher Meaning in all sorts of things I think there s a fairly clear continuum from the Great Awakenings through Sixties spiritualism and up to the Jesus Camps of the present dayBut what could have been a bitter polemic about American stupidity is a genial affectionate comedy about lost souls and though there s some scenes of decay and humiliation that darken the tone of the book overall Portis knows that America needs its P T Barnums and that a world without them would be much grayer Popper s drunken wanderings comprise most of the action in the second part of the book and if you don t laugh out loud when he tries to convince the War Department to use compressed air as a weapon or when he tries to conjure gold up out of the earth with Golescu the Romanian s bagweed plants or at any of the other scenes that rank right up there with Huck Finn s encounter with the Duke and the Dauphin then you simply have no sense of humor whatsoever Where Portis falls short of someone like Twain is that he doesn t really tackle serious issues like racism but no book can be all things to all people so it wasn t a problem for me I hope he stops not writing books we could use from him

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Charles Portis ↠ 1 READ READ Ü Masters of Atlantis 1917 France Lamar Jimmerson finds a little book of Atlantean puzzles Egyptian riddles alchemical metaphors and the Codex P. A couple of gullible fools are conned into believing a book of gibberish contains the mysteries of the universe They establish a secret society based around the text and spend the rest of their lives being idiotsCharles Portis Masters of Atlantis is a light comedysatire on cults and secret societies that should never have been a full length novel given what little substance there is here There s no plot or story just a revolving door of dipshits pretending to each other that they re wise trying their hands at bizarre get rich uick schemes like alchemy and attempting to grow their cult across America by obtaining a measure of influence in the US government which they of course fail at Watching the two deluded self appointed masters convince themselves of their brilliance was amusing at first but once you realise early on that it s not going anywhere and is basically repeating itself with one moron after another believing they re onto some major secret that doesn t exist it becomes oh so tiresome One character towards the end sums up the reading experience well with You get hardly any sense of movement or destination so I think Portis was at least aware of what he had with this turkey It s not a successful comedy I never laughed once because there s nothing really funny here nor does it say anything especially worthwhile about secret societies or the psychology behind its members Portis does keep most of what the Gnomon society is about enshrouded in mystery for the reader throughout which is cleverly appropriate given the subject matter until we get a passage from their Bible towards the end which reveals that it s full of unreadable meaningless drivel But we didn t really need to underline how stupid these people are given that there isn t a single scene that shows them otherwise I guess it was a joke Ho ho I got the strong impression that this would make a really good Wes Anderson or Coen Brothers movie the Coens directed the latest version of Portis best known novel True Grit great movie but I wasn t as impressed with the book Guess I m just not a Portis fan as it has the same kind of eccentric characters and absurd tone of movies like Rush and Burn After Reading In their hands this material might well turn into gold but in Portis Masters of Atlantis remains a very dull and unremarkable novel about nothing


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