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Little Dorrit (Version 2)

Charles Dickens

Little Dorrit, one of the three great novels of Charles Dickens’ last period, was produced in monthly installments from 1855 to 1857, and is considered one of his most profound. Dickens’ father spent three months in Marshalsea Prison for debt, which made a lasting impact on his life. This story centers around life in Marshalsea Prison and, as always, society in general. Book One begins in the infamous Marseilles Prison in France, where two prisoners, Rigaud the French rogue and the ever cheerful Italian Cavaletto, share a cell. We meet them again later, but the scene shifts quickly to the English debtor’s prison, The Marshalsea, where Mr. Dorrit is confined. His daughter Amy is born there, the only baby ever born in that prison. Tiny as a baby, she grows into a sweet-natured tiny adult, better known as “Little Dorrit.” The other inmates love and respect the child and the caring woman she becomes. Mr. Dorrit is also revered by them, and as the inmate with the longest term of imprisonment, he becomes “Father of the Marshalsea.” Enter Arthur Clennam, who meets Mr. Dorrit and Amy. He notes that she takes care of her father’s every need, and also cooks, cleans, and mends the clothes of her older siblings. Arthur suspects that Dorrit was wrongly imprisoned, and begins investigating the case, which may involve his own family as well. In Book Two, Mr. Dorrit has been freed, and his family begins a new life. Arthur Clennam, now a dear friend of Little Dorrit, becomes partner with an engineer and inventor named Daniel Doyce, but a surprising event occurs which puts Arthur into prison. The twists and turns of fortune for himself, the Dorrit family and many others are changed forever. (Summary by Mil Nicholson)

Little Dorrit, one of the three great novels of Charles Dickens’ last period, was produced in monthly installments from 1855 to 1857, and is considered one of his most profound. Dickens’ father spent three months in Marshalsea Prison for debt, which made a lasting impact on his life. This story centers around life in Marshalsea Prison and, as always, society in general. Book One begins in the infamous Marseilles Prison in France, where two prisoners, Rigaud the French rogue and the ever cheerful Italian Cavaletto, share a cell. We meet them again later, but the scene shifts quickly to the English debtor’s prison, The Marshalsea, where Mr. Dorrit is confined. His daughter Amy is born there, the only baby ever born in that prison. Tiny as a baby, she grows into a sweet-natured tiny adult, better known as “Little Dorrit.” The other inmates love and respect the child and the caring woman she becomes. Mr. Dorrit is also revered by them, and as the inmate with the longest term of imprisonment, he becomes “Father of the Marshalsea.” Enter Arthur Clennam, who meets Mr. Dorrit and Amy. He notes that she takes care of her father’s every need, and also cooks, cleans, and mends the clothes of her older siblings. Arthur suspects that Dorrit was wrongly imprisoned, and begins investigating the case, which may involve his own family as well. In Book Two, Mr. Dorrit has been freed, and his family begins a new life. Arthur Clennam, now a dear friend of Little Dorrit, becomes partner with an engineer and inventor named Daniel Doyce, but a surprising event occurs which puts Arthur into prison. The twists and turns of fortune for himself, the Dorrit family and many others are changed forever. (Summary by Mil Nicholson)
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Fiction

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Little Dorrit, one of the three great novels of Charles Dickens’ last period, was produced in monthly installments from 1855 to 1857, and is considered one of his most profound. Dickens’ father spent three months in Marshalsea Prison for debt, which made a lasting impact on his life. This story centers around life in Marshalsea Prison and, as always, society in general. Book One begins in the infamous Marseilles Prison in France, where two prisoners, Rigaud the French rogue and the ever cheerful Italian Cavaletto, share a cell. We meet them again later, but the scene shifts quickly to the English debtor’s prison, The Marshalsea, where Mr. Dorrit is confined. His daughter Amy is born there, the only baby ever born in that prison. Tiny as a baby, she grows into a sweet-natured tiny adult, better known as “Little Dorrit.” The other inmates love and respect the child and the caring woman she becomes. Mr. Dorrit is also revered by them, and as the inmate with the longest term of imprisonment, he becomes “Father of the Marshalsea.” Enter Arthur Clennam, who meets Mr. Dorrit and Amy. He notes that she takes care of her father’s every need, and also cooks, cleans, and mends the clothes of her older siblings. Arthur suspects that Dorrit was wrongly imprisoned, and begins investigating the case, which may involve his own family as well. In Book Two, Mr. Dorrit has been freed, and his family begins a new life. Arthur Clennam, now a dear friend of Little Dorrit, becomes partner with an engineer and inventor named Daniel Doyce, but a surprising event occurs which puts Arthur into prison. The twists and turns of fortune for himself, the Dorrit family and many others are changed forever. (Summary by Mil Nicholson)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

36h 32m


Chapters

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01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

38:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

36:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

51:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

56:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

34:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

36:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

32:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

37:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

39:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

40:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

34:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

34:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

44:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

43:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

24:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

27:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

35:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

20:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

40:23


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

42:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

44:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

39:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

30:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

32:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

39:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

20:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

15:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

37:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

40:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

28:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

44:05


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

19:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

24:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

18:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

43:51


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

26:32


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

23:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

17:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

32:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

26:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

23:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

24:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

38:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

49:40


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

23:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:05:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

24:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

20:44


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

28:26


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

29:38