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Book of Fools
Fragment 2LN5 infobox
Fragment 2

Des Kaisers neue Kleider

Japanese Name

愚者の書

Romanized Name

Gusha no Sho

Volume

5

Release Date

December, 2009 (The Sneaker)

Pages

9

Adaptation

N/A

For the Phantom Book, see Book Which Fools Cannot See.

"Book of Fools" is the 2nd fragment of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 5. The special chapter is also labeled as "Des Kaisers neue Kleider".

A green-haired girl helps a famous writer who is struggling with his work.[1]

Summary[]

The famous writer is loved by the readers and admired for his skills. However, he’s having problems to finish his new work. The deadline is approaching, but he’s unable to make progress. The writer meets a green-haired girl and gets it off his chest. He can't take it anymore. No one understands his stories. Editors want money, critics want something to depreciate, readers want something to talk about. No one cares about the story itself. As a suggestion, the girl tells him to stop writing. However, the readers are waiting, and the writer had signed a contract with his publisher.

The girl gives him a bunch of paper. The writer can't see a single written word. She tells him to submit the pages. It’s a Phantom Book Egg, the draft called "Book Which Fools Cannot See". The girl affirms that people will accept the empty book. The writer gives the draft to the editor that evening. The writer can't believe, but the editor accepted the work, deeming it a masterpiece. The writer stares at the pages, still unable to see any word.

After several months, the writer receives the finished book. He can't see any printing. The Book Which Fools Cannot See becomes an instant bestseller. Newspapers are advertising it, people are sharing their impressions, critics are giving positive reviews. The writer becomes incredible wealthy. However, even with all the money and fame, he can’t answer a single question about the contents of the book. He ignores the calls from editors and the letters from fans. People are asking for a sequel.

The writer needs to know what’s written in the book. He goes to a street rack to look for the Book Which Fools Cannot See. He can only see white pages. The writer makes a decision. Soon the city learned about the writer’s suicide. People staged memorials. A crowd gathered for his funeral. The green-haired girl was among them. She looks at the coffin, laughing softly. She calls him a fool. The girl disappears into the crowd. The book in which not a word is written continued to be sold in the country.[1]

Trivia[]

  • "Des Kaisers neue Kleider" is German for "The Emperor's New Clothes". It's a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1837. Two weavers promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. In reality, they make no clothes at all, making everyone believe the clothes are invisible to them. No one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid.[2]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Fragment 2, volume 5.
  2. The Emperor's New Clothes. (2020, April 18). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:15, April 29, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Emperor%27s_New_Clothes&oldid=951648199
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Volume 1

Gastronomy Worship - Pedigree - Book of Wisdom - The Dictator's Book - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Libricide

Volume 2

The Briar Princess - Queen of the Night - The Lovers - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fetus - Winning Strategy - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel

Volume 3

Book of Soul Exchange - Book of Oblivion - Book of Twilight - Book of Sleep - The Magician's Daughter - The Beautiful Woman's World - Book of Atonement

Volume 4

Book of Gap - Phantom Score - Book of Relationship - Book of Hypnosis - The Perfumer - The House-Elf's Rough Time - Phantom Book Thief

Volume 5

Timetable - Waterside Flower - The Cat and the Biblioprincess - Book of Fools - The Logbook - The Observer - Book of Connection

Volume 6

The Template Book - The Working Man - Book of Coffin - The Real Me - Book of Humanization - Paradise

Volume 7

Disaster and Temptation - Catalogue - Book of Wisdom II - The Girls' Long Night - Book of Imitation - The Key-Keeper

Volume 8

Phantom Book of the King - The Last Book - Vignette of Eternal Twilight
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