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Caleb Williams or Things As They Are

William Godwin

The novel describes the downfall of Ferdinando Falkland, a British squire, and his attempts to ruin and destroy the life of Caleb Williams, a poor but ambitious young man that Falkland hires as his personal secretary. Caleb accidentally discovers a terrible secret in his master's past. Though Caleb promises to be bound to silence, Falkland, irrationally attached (in Godwin's view) to ideas of social status and inborn virtue, cannot bear that his servant should possibly have power over him, and sets out to use various means--unfair trials, imprisonment, pursuit, to make sure that the information of which Caleb is the bearer will never be revealed. Godwin described the book as "a series of adventures of flight and pursuit; the fugitive in perpetual apprehension of being overwhelmed with the worst calamities", so that Caleb Williams can be classified as an early thriller or mystery novel. (Summary from Wikipedia)

The novel describes the downfall of Ferdinando Falkland, a British squire, and his attempts to ruin and destroy the life of Caleb Williams, a poor but ambitious young man that Falkland hires as his personal secretary. Caleb accidentally discovers a terrible secret in his master's past. Though Caleb promises to be bound to silence, Falkland, irrationally attached (in Godwin's view) to ideas of social status and inborn virtue, cannot bear that his servant should possibly have power over him, and sets out to use various means--unfair trials, imprisonment, pursuit, to make sure that the information of which Caleb is the bearer will never be revealed. Godwin described the book as "a series of adventures of flight and pursuit; the fugitive in perpetual apprehension of being overwhelmed with the worst calamities", so that Caleb Williams can be classified as an early thriller or mystery novel. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The novel describes the downfall of Ferdinando Falkland, a British squire, and his attempts to ruin and destroy the life of Caleb Williams, a poor but ambitious young man that Falkland hires as his personal secretary. Caleb accidentally discovers a terrible secret in his master's past. Though Caleb promises to be bound to silence, Falkland, irrationally attached (in Godwin's view) to ideas of social status and inborn virtue, cannot bear that his servant should possibly have power over him, and sets out to use various means--unfair trials, imprisonment, pursuit, to make sure that the information of which Caleb is the bearer will never be revealed. Godwin described the book as "a series of adventures of flight and pursuit; the fugitive in perpetual apprehension of being overwhelmed with the worst calamities", so that Caleb Williams can be classified as an early thriller or mystery novel. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

16h 54m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

42:10


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

30:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

37:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

30:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

28:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

38:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

26:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

17:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

19:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

21:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

26:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

44:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

29:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

13:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

34:39