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Adventures of Roderick Random

Tobias Smollett

I am Roderick Random. This is the contemporary story of my struggle against the adversity of orphan-hood, poverty, press gangs, bloody duels, rival fortune hunters, and the challenge to be well-dressed through it all. In the course of recounting my adventures to you, dear reader, I will give you a front row seat to the characters of English eighteenth century life including highway robbers, womanizing monks, debt-laden gallants, lecherous corrupt officials, effeminate sea captains, bloodthirsty surgeons, and my dear friend Miss Williams, a reformed prostitute. Educated in the classics, armed with a confident conscientious attitude and my long-suffering sidekick, Strap, I fight the good fight staying, on the whole, morally upstanding throughout. Today, if there be such a thing as true happiness on earth, I enjoy it -- and without having spent a fortune on college either. After hearing me out, I expect you'll be as wonderfully transported as one dear wealthy gentleman who listened to my whole story and then blessed God for the adversity I had undergone, which, he said, enlarged the understanding, improved the heart, steeled the constitution, and qualified a young man for all the duties and enjoyments of life much better than any education which affluence could bestow. Summary by Arthur Krolman.

I am Roderick Random. This is the contemporary story of my struggle against the adversity of orphan-hood, poverty, press gangs, bloody duels, rival fortune hunters, and the challenge to be well-dressed through it all. In the course of recounting my adventures to you, dear reader, I will give you a front row seat to the characters of English eighteenth century life including highway robbers, womanizing monks, debt-laden gallants, lecherous corrupt officials, effeminate sea captains, bloodthirsty surgeons, and my dear friend Miss Williams, a reformed prostitute. Educated in the classics, armed with a confident conscientious attitude and my long-suffering sidekick, Strap, I fight the good fight staying, on the whole, morally upstanding throughout. Today, if there be such a thing as true happiness on earth, I enjoy it -- and without having spent a fortune on college either. After hearing me out, I expect you'll be as wonderfully transported as one dear wealthy gentleman who listened to my whole story and then blessed God for the adversity I had undergone, which, he said, enlarged the understanding, improved the heart, steeled the constitution, and qualified a young man for all the duties and enjoyments of life much better than any education which affluence could bestow. Summary by Arthur Krolman.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

I am Roderick Random. This is the contemporary story of my struggle against the adversity of orphan-hood, poverty, press gangs, bloody duels, rival fortune hunters, and the challenge to be well-dressed through it all. In the course of recounting my adventures to you, dear reader, I will give you a front row seat to the characters of English eighteenth century life including highway robbers, womanizing monks, debt-laden gallants, lecherous corrupt officials, effeminate sea captains, bloodthirsty surgeons, and my dear friend Miss Williams, a reformed prostitute. Educated in the classics, armed with a confident conscientious attitude and my long-suffering sidekick, Strap, I fight the good fight staying, on the whole, morally upstanding throughout. Today, if there be such a thing as true happiness on earth, I enjoy it -- and without having spent a fortune on college either. After hearing me out, I expect you'll be as wonderfully transported as one dear wealthy gentleman who listened to my whole story and then blessed God for the adversity I had undergone, which, he said, enlarged the understanding, improved the heart, steeled the constitution, and qualified a young man for all the duties and enjoyments of life much better than any education which affluence could bestow. Summary by Arthur Krolman.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Krolman

Length:

19h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

19:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

15:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

14:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

25:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

33:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

24:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

19:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

16:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

23:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

18:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

20:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

13:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

16:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

20:58


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

20:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

18:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

12:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

13:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

14:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

13:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

21:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

29:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

16:02


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

19:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

20:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

23:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

13:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:16