The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

by Anthony Trollope
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The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope


'Trollope did not write for posterity,' observed Henry James. 'He wrote for the day, the moment; but these are just the writers whom posterity is apt to put into its pocket.' Considered by contemporary critics to be Trollope's greatest novel, The Way We Live Now is a satire of the literary world of London in the 1870s and a bold indictment of the new power of speculative finance in English life. 'I was instigated by what I conceived to be the commercial profligacy of the age,' Trollope said.

His story concerns Augustus Melmotte, a French swindler and scoundrel, and his daughter, to whom Felix Carbury, adored son of the authoress Lady Carbury, is induced to propose marriage for the sake of securing a fortune. Trollope knew well the difficulties of dealing with editors, publishers, reviewers, and the public; his portrait of Lady Carbury, impetuous, unprincipled, and unswervingly devoted to her own self-promotion, is one of his finest satirical achievements.

His picture of late-nineteenth-century England is a portrait of a society on the verge of moral bankruptcy. In The Way We Live Now Trollope combines his talents as a portraitist and his skills as a storyteller to give us life as it was lived more than a hundred years ago.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940025893080
Publisher: The modern library
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 935 KB

About the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) was one of the greatest English novelists of the Victorian era. His works include The Last Chronicle of Barset, Barchester Towers, and other enduringly popular books.

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Way We Live Now (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
marikaMF More than 1 year ago
I decided to pick this book up again and re-read it in light of the financial disaster, possibly the biggest fraud in history, perpetrated by Bernie Madoff (not sure of first name). The story takes place in the mid 1800's London & surround...several titled, but money-less gentry are all pursuing the fabulously wealthy yet vulgar Melmotte and his marriage age (but unattractive) daughter. Throughout the novel there are murmurings of Melmotte's swindling and fraud committed throughout Europe but people choose to be blinded by his seemingly endless wealth. The story explores and elucidates the social mores (or lack thereof) of the Victorian times (a favorite literary time for me). We see how the landed folk are willing to pander themselves for a stab at becoming fabulously wealthy (no matter how that wealth was acquired)--they will stop at nothing to gain wealth without working (something they consider to be a dirty thing). There is also an American female character, Mrs. Hurtle, divorced and aggressive pioneer (or buccaneer woman) who is an interesting character acting as a foil to the gentle upper crust English ladies. Mrs. Hurtle represents the wild, untamed American frontier where anyone can start out poor and end up rich without regrets (although she would like to find a man and settle down to share her riches).
n00k_w0rm More than 1 year ago
The thing I like most about Trollope's work is the way he creates his characters and TWWLN was no different. They felt real right from the beginning. Trollope likes to control his characters' revelations through his narratives. He writes interesting histories about them that tells you the type of people they are and what to expect from them. As for the story, it's an intricately woven tale of people running after power and money and fortune. BBC has a mini series on this book but to understand the magnitude of the author's skills, one must read the book. For new Trollope readers, I would recommend reading some of his lighter books before picking this up. It is long and involved but definitely not boring. If you are already a Trollope fan, this should be your next book.
ninjajen More than 1 year ago
900 pages went by more quickly than i could have thought possible....great storytelling, impressive characters, and beautiful language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not be put off by the thick Victorian presentation! This book, although written in an old-fashioned style due to its age, nonetheless grasps unsavory elements of human nature and the beginnings of characters we recognize all too well today.
Novelwriter47 More than 1 year ago
I had to laugh at how accurate the dipictions of human psychology and society in this novel. History does seem to repeat itself to a certain extent, and this book has much resonance with our current culture of greed. Also a joy just to read for the wit, solid writing and perfect structure. As a book doctor who edits wannabe novelists, I recommend this as a great model of how to assemble material into a fine book.
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I like the Barnes & Noble classic NOOK BOOKS. I have the sample THE WAY WE LIVE NOW but I found it time consuming to find Page 1 of the novel. There were no page number listed with the chapters. However I do like all the information that precedes the story but I would like it at the end of the book. Sometimes I like to refer to the addendum as I read. Accessing this information was not easy. I have read many Jane Austen novels several times over the years so I enjoy reading the addendum. I will choose THE WAY WE LIVE NOW in a simpler format. Then if it is a "must read again" I will choose the classic edition. Since I haven't read the book yet I really can't rate it but it looks promising so I will say 3 star and get back to you when I have read it. Before this letter is accepted, I hope I may see it in it's entirety so that I can edit it . Wealthy 937
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