Caleb Williams, Paperback Book
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When honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a terrible secret.

But as he digs deeper into Falkland's past and finally unearths the guilty truth, the results of his curiosity prove calamitous when - even though Caleb has loyally sworn never to disclose what he has discovered - the Squire enacts a cruel revenge.

A tale of gripping suspense and psychological power, William Godwin's novel creates a searing depiction of the intolerable persecution meted out to a good man in pursuit of justice and equality.

Written to expose the political oppression and corrupt hierarchies its author saw in the world around him, Caleb Williams (1794) makes a radical call to end the tyrannical misuses of power.


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A rollicking thriller, though gets awfully repetitive at times. Though it was intended as a showcase for Godwin's political ideas, the story takes on a life of its own and sometimes seems to contradict his political precepts. It is perhaps at its most interesting when it does so.

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This book is a very good study of the nature of man. It is also one of the first political, social, and judicial thrillers that had a great influence on such writers as Poe and Dickens and was instrumental in the evolution of modern day mysteries and detective stories. It is a very powerful story and I was actually sickened at the thought of all the injustices that Caleb Williams was put through. It seems to me that much has not changed since this novel was written as these injustices are still relevant today. I highly recommend this book as it is a testimony of these everyday injustices that should not be forgotten. This classic, although not very well known, is an important piece of literary fiction and should not be missed.