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Caleb Williams or Things As They Are

Gelesen von Bev J Stevens

(4,569 Sterne; 29 Bewertungen)

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) (16 hr 53 min)

Chapters

Introduction and Prefaces

42:09

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Volume the First – Chapter 01

21:10

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Volume the First – Chapter 02

18:54

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Volume the First – Chapter 03

21:21

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Volume the First – Chapter 04

24:45

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Volume the First – Chapter 05

18:07

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Volume the First – Chapter 06

28:13

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Volume the First – Chapter 07

26:14

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Volume the First – Chapter 08

30:26

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Volume the First – Chapter 09

37:44

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Volume the First – Chapter 10

30:15

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Volume the First – Chapter 11

22:43

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Volume the First – Chapter 12

26:16

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Volume the Second – Chapter 01

21:43

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Volume the Second – Chapter 02

14:04

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Volume the Second – Chapter 03

9:50

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Volume the Second – Chapter 04

12:41

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Volume the Second – Chapter 05

17:47

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Volume the Second – Chapter 06

23:58

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Volume the Second – Chapter 07

23:09

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Volume the Second – Chapter 08

28:24

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Volume the Second – Chapter 09

23:39

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Volume the Second – Chapter 10

38:43

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Volume the Second – Chapter 11

22:34

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Volume the Second – Chapter 12

8:00

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Volume the Second – Chapter 13

27:43

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Volume the Second – Chapter 14

27:40

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Volume the Third – Chapter 01

16:53

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Volume the Third – Chapter 02

26:13

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Volume the Third – Chapter 03

19:43

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Volume the Third – Chapter 04

17:44

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Volume the Third – Chapter 05

16:10

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Volume the Third – Chapter 06

20:28

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Volume the Third – Chapter 07

20:24

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Volume the Third – Chapter 08

19:00

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Volume the Third – Chapter 09

19:57

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Volume the Third – Chapter 10

21:55

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Volume the Third – Chapter 11

18:39

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Volume the Third – Chapter 12

26:14

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Volume the Third – Chapter 13

44:22

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Volume the Third – Chapter 14

29:46

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Volume the Third – Chapter 15

13:04

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Volume the Third – Postscript

34:38

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Bewertungen

Great novel, beautifully read.

(5 Sterne)

Read at just the right pace, with a pleasant voice. The novel is interesting and entertaining. Some say it is the first detective novel. I would not call it one, though it does include criminals, victims, courts, and jails. Reminded me of Les Miserable and of Wilkie Collins' novel Basil. The novelist was Mary Shalley's father, I believe, though this is nothing like Frankenstein. It is a commentary on the classism and injustice of his day: tyranny is the word he uses over and over again. The more things change, the more things stay the same, and modern Americans (for example), will see many parallels to our day. It is also a story about how jealousy, paranoia, the desire for revenge, and the need to protect public image can consume a person. It's also about how victims sometimes become victimizers.

(3 Sterne)

A very popular book in the late 18th century. Few people read it now. It's easy to see why. Very verbose by modern standards, and the proportion of narrative to dialogue is too lopsided for my tastes. Far too frequently, he tells you what to think about his characters, rather than showing them and letting you draw your own conclusions. Nevertheless, it is a surprisingly compelling narrative, with some truly eloquent speeches and arguments. Godwin is also an interesting and widely neglected philosopher, arguably the first utilitarian, although he never uses that word. I was reading it to get a better sense of his remarkable and complex ethical theory. It was definitely worth my time to read it. It might be worth yours, if your interests are similar to mine.

Strange impressions

(4 Sterne)

The reader did a perfect job. As about the novel itself, it is evident that the moral principles of Caleb are somewhat incomprehensible for modern readers as well as his veneration for Falkland. There were also many far-fetched plot turns, but towards the end it became more dynamic. The manner of writing is old-fashioned also, so be aware that this novel is a product of its time. Keeping this in mind, it is possible to listen to "Caleb Williams" with pleasure.

Social justice Novel

(4 Sterne)

Long tale of intentional wrongdoings by an “upstanding” gentry towards an “innocent” but mentally equal “underling”. Exposes, on multiple levels, the inhuman treatment of prisoners in England during the time period. Ending is a bit unbelievable considering what had transpired over the recorded years. Vague, unsubstantial refers to faith-more a treatise on human failings and courage. Reader has good diction and does an acceptable job-especially for such a long book.