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Clayhanger

Arnold Bennett

This first of a trilogy of novels is a coming-of-age story set in the Midlands of Victorian England, following Edwin Clayhanger as he leaves school, takes over the family business, and falls in love. The books are set in Bennett's usual setting of "the 5 Towns", a thinly-disguised version of the six towns of "the Potteries" which amalgamated (at the time of which Bennett was writing) into the borough (and later city) of Stoke-on-Trent. In one of the earlier chapters in the book, Bennett writes that Edwin had only heard of a philosopher as 'someone who made the best of a bad job' and in some ways that is what Edwin has to do in the book - survive under a stifling layer of conduct imposed by his father, his church and the society he is part of. (Introduction by Wikipedia, summarised by seasound11)

This first of a trilogy of novels is a coming-of-age story set in the Midlands of Victorian England, following Edwin Clayhanger as he leaves school, takes over the family business, and falls in love. The books are set in Bennett's usual setting of "the 5 Towns", a thinly-disguised version of the six towns of "the Potteries" which amalgamated (at the time of which Bennett was writing) into the borough (and later city) of Stoke-on-Trent. In one of the earlier chapters in the book, Bennett writes that Edwin had only heard of a philosopher as 'someone who made the best of a bad job' and in some ways that is what Edwin has to do in the book - survive under a stifling layer of conduct imposed by his father, his church and the society he is part of. (Introduction by Wikipedia, summarised by seasound11)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

This first of a trilogy of novels is a coming-of-age story set in the Midlands of Victorian England, following Edwin Clayhanger as he leaves school, takes over the family business, and falls in love. The books are set in Bennett's usual setting of "the 5 Towns", a thinly-disguised version of the six towns of "the Potteries" which amalgamated (at the time of which Bennett was writing) into the borough (and later city) of Stoke-on-Trent. In one of the earlier chapters in the book, Bennett writes that Edwin had only heard of a philosopher as 'someone who made the best of a bad job' and in some ways that is what Edwin has to do in the book - survive under a stifling layer of conduct imposed by his father, his church and the society he is part of. (Introduction by Wikipedia, summarised by seasound11)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

21h 4m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

16:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

29:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

25:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

24:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

31:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

30:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

13:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

13:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

12:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

25:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

19:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

12:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

10:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

13:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

14:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

20:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

22:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

19:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

23:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

21:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

23:29


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

21:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

18:30


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

19:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

13:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

17:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

25:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

19:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

27:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

21:41


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

17:08