God's fool


Read by Anna Simon

(4.8 stars; 6 reviews)


At the age of nine, Elias Lossell becomes deaf and blind from an accident. Communication with him becomes difficult, and mentally, he never really grows up. Years later, circumstances make him the richest man in town as the heir of the wealthy firm of tea merchants, while his two younger twin half-brothers Hendrik and Hubert are left to do the actual work of management on his behalf. This causes a lot of resentment, especially with half-brother Hendrik, who loves money, and is also hampered by a headstrong, spendthrift wife. Hendrik tries to gain control of the firm and buy out Elias by any means, but things get out of hand.
The novel is full of satirical comments and asides directed at the reader. It is set in the fictitious Dutch town of Koopstad (“Buying City”), where money, commercial success and social status are very important. It gives a satirical view of contemporary life at the end of the 19th century. The novel was a bestseller at the time of its appearance in 1892, though it is now all but forgotten. Maarten Maartens (1858-1915) was a Dutch writer who wrote all his principal literary work in English. (Summary by Anna Simon)

(14 hr 46 min)

Chapters

Sweeps the reader into a cloud of mist 13:13 Read by Anna Simon
Shows that the story will be a highly respectable one 14:42 Read by Anna Simon
And also altogether comfortable 10:46 Read by Anna Simon
The new life begins 18:47 Read by Anna Simon
Light and shade 19:13 Read by Anna Simon
"Thunder"-storms 18:26 Read by Anna Simon
Stepmothers 17:07 Read by Anna Simon
Cousin Cocoa 16:31 Read by Anna Simon
Elias hears - the thruth 8:24 Read by Anna Simon
Dr. Pillenaar's revenge 18:33 Read by Anna Simon
"Like a stream under a willow-tree" 21:56 Read by Anna Simon
Volderdoes Zonen 25:56 Read by Anna Simon
The head of the firm 22:31 Read by Anna Simon
No thoroughfare, and the way out 13:33 Read by Anna Simon
Hendrik's temptation 33:59 Read by Anna Simon
Compos mentis 16:41 Read by Anna Simon
A "struggle-for-lifer" 16:36 Read by Anna Simon
The marriage-lottery 13:38 Read by Anna Simon
Blank 19:18 Read by Anna Simon
Cousins and cozenage 13:54 Read by Anna Simon
The bride asks for flowers on her path 18:37 Read by Anna Simon
Treats of religion 17:48 Read by Anna Simon
Music and discord 15:43 Read by Anna Simon
A prince among paupers 21:42 Read by Anna Simon
Elias slays his ten thousands 12:48 Read by Anna Simon
Hendrik Lossell's first step 19:49 Read by Anna Simon
Aigre-doux 14:50 Read by Anna Simon
Why not? 13:00 Read by Anna Simon
A partnership with limited liability 15:58 Read by Anna Simon
Elias's eyes open upon the world 12:00 Read by Anna Simon
Two brothers in misfortune 13:11 Read by Anna Simon
"A fool and his money" 16:48 Read by Anna Simon
The Rubicon 10:11 Read by Anna Simon
A fool's thoughts 8:00 Read by Anna Simon
And a wise man's deeds 7:46 Read by Anna Simon
Two rights and no wrong 20:05 Read by Anna Simon
A strange duck in the pond 26:41 Read by Anna Simon
The power of attorney 21:12 Read by Anna Simon
The message of eternal spring 12:45 Read by Anna Simon
A flash of light 7:48 Read by Anna Simon
Brothers in unity 26:29 Read by Anna Simon
Blind justice 18:55 Read by Anna Simon
Doomed 24:39 Read by Anna Simon
Alas, poor Hubert! 26:05 Read by Anna Simon
Social science 19:44 Read by Anna Simon
The catastrophe 31:51 Read by Anna Simon
The shadow of the sword 12:59 Read by Anna Simon
Shoemaker, stick to thy last 13:59 Read by Anna Simon
Hubert's deliverance 5:34 Read by Anna Simon
Elias's guilt 8:18 Read by Anna Simon
Koopstad cackles 17:08 Read by Anna Simon
The resurrection and the life 20:46 Read by Anna Simon

Reviews

Karma awaits the Wicked

(5 stars)

Though difficult to follow, at times, this is a tale of morality, through sibling rivalry, greed and, deception. The LibriVox Volunteer is terrific, as always.

one of my favorite readers

(4 stars)

semi-sad ending. "it is the LOVE of money"that destrys lives.

What a great story! and great narration! this is one of the best!!

(5 stars)