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The King of Schnorrers

Israel Zangwill

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Description:

Manasseh da Costa, protagonist of this hilarious novel, is a schnorrer (beggar) who lives on the charitable contributions of the Jews of late 18th-century London. Manasseh is far from being a humble panhandler for, as every schnorrer knows, supporting the poor is a commandment from God (a mitzvah) not just a favour. And as the descendant of Portuguese Jews who had lived in England for many generations, Manasseh is the social superior of those newly arrived from Eastern Europe (Tedesco)-even his wealthy ‘patron’ Joseph Grobstock. The book concludes as the ever-audacious Manasseh strikes a blow for tolerance and understanding-while helping himself along the way. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis) Alt-BC: Lucy Burgoyne

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

4h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

40:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

38:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

47:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

46:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

43:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

49:04