The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

eBook - 2005
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The mysterious financier Augustus Melmotte buys a great house in London, where he succeeds in persuading many prominent Londoners to invest in his fictitious railroad, the South Central Pacific and Mexican. Melmotte also attempts to secure for himself a place in the House of Commons and to marry his daughter to a titled aristocrat. Trollope's masterpiece is a scathing indictment of the materialism and greed that permeated the Victorian Age.
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, 2005
ISBN: 9781411433496
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tro
Description: 1 online resource (xxxv, 842 pages)


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Fraudulent schemes, unscrupulous lovers, love triangles, the woes of marrying for money--all of these and more are in this masterful but dark novel set in Victorian England.

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Mar 11, 2016

"The Way We Live Now" provides Trollope’s satiric look on the modernizing world of his day and the inability of many individuals to retain a moral compass amid the changes. Throughout the novel, Trollope provides criticism of and sympathy for his characters. Despite many dark portraits and sections, Trollope also provides a lot of humor.

One central theme looks at pervasive dishonesty, located in financial, political, and moral aspects of everyday life. Mr. Melmotte, an extraordinary swindler, was based on fact and anticipates many more financial schemes to come. Trollope makes it clear, though, that the swindler doesn’t act alone—he needs someone willing and able to be fleeced. What Trollope couldn’t anticipate was governments swindling money or perpetrating Ponzi schemes that would make a Melmotte or Bernie Madoff look like pikers.

Highly recommended—except for the first 75 pages, when Trollope sounded like a prudish scold, I thoroughly enjoyed this. There are a few resolutions that feel pat or formulaic, but they did not detract from the pleasure at all.

Jan 18, 2015

I just finished my first Trollope, all 736 pages, and I couldn't put it down. Melmotte reminded me of financiers like Trump and Madoff. The descriptions of how people think and how they make decisions are acute. The author allows the reader to enter into the minds as well as the emotions of his characters, as well as giving the flavor of the life and customs of the time.

debwalker Jun 11, 2011

"One of my resolutions for the summer is to get better acquainted with Anthony Trollope, and so at the top of my list is The Way We Live Now. Somehow long summer days seem the best time to read those 600 or 700-page Victorian novels that you’ve long wished you had read, so that’s what’s at the top of my pile of “to read” books."

Adam Hochschild

Nov 26, 2010

Brilliantly told story of the confict between the classes is scathing in its portrayal of the upper class as a parasite. The wonderful characters are drawn cleverly and modern parallels can be drawn quite easily.

Oct 27, 2007

Trollope describes the darker side of commercialism during the Victorian era.


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