The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now Trollope s tale of a great financier s fraudulent machinations in the railway business and his daughter s ill use at the hands of a grasping lover is a classic in the literature of money and a r

Trollope s 1875 tale of a great financier s fraudulent machinations in the railway business, and his daughter s ill use at the hands of a grasping lover is a classic in the literature of money and a ripping good read as well.

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The Way We Live Now

  1. Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era Some of Trollope s best loved works, known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day.Trollope has always been a popular novelist Noted fans have included Sir Alec Guinness who never travelled without a Trollope novel , former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Sir John Major, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, American novelists Sue Grafton and Dominick Dunne and soap opera writer Harding Lemay Trollope s literary reputation dipped somewhat during the last years of his life, but he regained the esteem of critics by the mid twentieth century.See also enpedia wiki Anthony_

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  1. There are a thousand little silly softnesses which are pretty and endearing between acknowledged lovers, with which no woman would like to dispense, to which even men who are in love submit sometimes with delight but which in other circumstances would be vulgar, and to the woman distasteful There are closenesses and sweet approaches, smiles and nods and pleasant winkings, whispers, innuendoes and hints, little mutual admirations and assurances that there are things known to those two happy ones [...]

  2. Virginia Woolf called Middlemarch one of the few English novels written for grown up people, one of my favorite things anyone s ever said about a book They re sortof surprisingly rare, right Top Five Novels For Grown Up People5 Remains of the Day4 War Peace3 Mrs Dalloway2 The Way We Live Now1 MiddlemarchHere s another book for grown up people It has that vertiginous insight into human nature It has a vast, complicated, working plot And it s about grown ups, by which I guess I mean that the plot [...]

  3. A great novel, perhaps Trollope s best But it s not the one I usually recommend to those who have never read Trollope and want to try him For one thing, it s very long For another, it s pretty dark There are a lot of characters in this novel, and almost every one of them views money as the summum bonum That, after all, is the way we live now.At the center of the novel is Augustus Melmotte, an ill mannered foreigner of undetermined background, with whom in better times, Trollope believes, no hono [...]

  4. The that I read Victorian literature the I am convinced that back in those days it was all about authors showing off The educated public who could actually read and write were in much smaller proportion to the whole society than today These people wanted to spend their hard earned shillings on something that was truly worth their time and money The thought of watching television or films to fill people s downtime would not appear until another half century or so So what did people do to entert [...]

  5. Who does not know that sudden thoughtfulness at waking, that first matutinal retrospection, and prospection, into things as they have been and are to be and the lowness of the heart, the blankness of hope which follows the first remembrance of some folly lately done, some word ill spoken, some money misspent or perhaps a cigar too much, or a glass of brandy and soda water which he should have left untasted And when things have gone well, how the waker comforts himself among the bedclothes as he [...]

  6. I first read this book back in hmm 1998 1999 Loved it, and was inspired to pull it off the shelf for a re read in light of the unfolding financial collapse bail out Everything I read about Wall Street firms reminds me of the 4 guys gambling in their private club, the Beargarden crazy web of credits and worthless IOUs, all the players betting money they don t have, each one making his bets based on what the others owe him, and no prospect of them ever being sufficiently sober and in funds to sett [...]

  7. I have listened to half and I cannot stand it any Endlessly long and boring If you have read one Trollope, you really needn t read The same themes are repeated over and over and over again The same humor repeated umpteen times just isn t funny any Let me be clear, read one Trollope and you ll laugh Read and you will start to be bored What is this book about The importance of money and social standing Who will marry who It is a given that women have no choice but to marry It is Victorian Engl [...]

  8. Not just the way they lived in Britain in 1873, but the way we live now in 2017 America Trollop wrote with sharp satiric intent about a certain class of dishonesty, dishonesty magnificent in its proportions, and climbing into high places, that has become at the same time so rampant and so splendid that there seems to be reason for fearing that men and women will be taught to feel that dishonesty, if it can become splendid, will cease to be abominable If dishonesty can live in a gorgeous palace w [...]

  9. This an epic telling of the Victorian era business world of London, invaded by an outsider, one Mr Melmotte of uncertain and questionable background who proceeds to take this financial realm by storm It is also the story of various marital contrivances and government parody, the nouveau riche and the newly poor gentry, seemingly based on who can make the best financial deal And lest the Western Hemisphere feel left out, there is also a somewhat specious sounding investment scheme introduced by a [...]

  10. Quid Pro QuoWith a large book of recognized stature, there is some tendency to create a similarly big review, something that mirrors the scale and gravitas of the work at hand Better to think small here, but we ll see.On The MakeWhile Trollope s The Way We Live Now does manage to instill an appreciation of the sizeable effort it must have taken, there is simply way too much here to really merit the giant appreciative kudos Eight hundred and twenty five pages in the Modern Library edition, and it [...]

  11. I have to admit that I got a tiny little bit impatient with this It is admittedly a comprehensive portrayal of an age, the 1870s when money, and indeed speculative money, stock market gambles and credit based on nothing concrete than a reputation for being rich began to take over as the ticket to high society, instead of the privilege that went with the aristocratic title The Lords and Baronets and other gentlemen are all impecunious, none can any longer afford to continue to live in the way to [...]

  12. This book couldn t be aptly titled, but don t think that makes it in the least boring There are enough interesting characters and plenty of plot to keep you reading through all of it s lengthy pages.It s all about money, you see who s got it, who flaunts it, who will do what to get it, and who will marry because of it There are intrigues, both financial and matrimonial and scandals, both financial and matrimonial Some parts, admittedly, are a bit melodramatic, but Trollope is such good fun How [...]

  13. A brilliant satire shockingly apt for current times A rich man appears on the scene promising much, everyone fawns around him without knowing anything of him except for his apparent richness, he gets elected to a position he doesn t understand, and when the crash comes, everyone blames everyone else Very, very timely

  14. Who does not know that sudden thoughtfulness at waking, that first matutinal retrospection, and pro spection, into things as they have been and are to be and the lowness of the heart, the blankness of hope which follows the first remembrance of some folly lately done, some word ill spoken, some money misspent or perhaps a cigar too much, or a glass of brandy and soda water which he should have left untasted And when things have gone well, how the waker comforts himself among the bedclothes as he [...]

  15. After having just binge read all of George Eliot s novels, I, at first, missed Eliot s beautiful prose, but soon got lost in Trollope s story and all was good For such a long book with so many characters, I found it actually quite easy to follow the characters and plot That alone is much to Trollope s credit as a writer There was bad and good in all the characters to one degree or another The Way We Live Now is still the way we live now nothing has changed fundamentally corruption abounds A grea [...]

  16. I think it s fairly well known by Trollope readers what he said about this book he came back to England after a long trip which included San Francisco to discover how sordidly his fellow countrymen delved into shady financial shenanigans Morality, he felt, went right out the window if the fortunes were high enough.And so he set out to write a satire Trollope is one of those authors whose novels make absorbing reading, but who never quite attain greatness His contemporaries scorned him, especiall [...]

  17. This is one of the author s greatest work Among its greatnesss is the irony of the title it is truly, with a few adjustments for modern technology, the way we live NOW We have much in common with the Victorian s than we ever think about they too were bombarded by the media, attracted by the lure of easy money in an unpredictable stock market, thrilled by the possibilities of travel that had opened to them even as they were ambivalent about foreigners coming into their country and earning a buck [...]

  18. Before I fell in love with Trollope, sometime in the spring of last year, I couldn t have told you a great deal about his books, but I would have told you that I understood The Way We Live Now to be his biggest, his greatest, his most enduring work That was why I felt I should read it in the year of his bicentenary, as, in between his two famous series, I explore his stand alone novels.Now that I ve read it I can t disagree with my earlier evaluation I found the Trollope I loved, but I found tha [...]

  19. With the financial economic turmoil over the last several years, mortgage bubble crisis, bank bail outs, trading losses, Bernie Madoff, etc , greed and avarice in the news and the air, The Way We Live Now has made a resurgence For instance the 140 year old novel making the recommended reading lists of The Daily Beast Newsweek The story goes that Trollope, after returning home from a lengthy trip abroad, was appalled at the England he found greedy and money obsessed, with financial scandals aplen [...]

  20. I m just re reading this and wow, what a fabulous book A great big rollicking read, and the BBS version of this with David Suchet famous as Inspector Poirot on PBS s Mystery is amazing as the financial swindler, Melmotte In fact, the BBS version is one of those rare adaptation that I don t sit through muttering about how they ruined the book

  21. This was a fantastic melodrama, worthy of being compared with any other Victorian novel, with a large cast of characters, a dozen subplots, and a biting, satirical wit that Trollope applied to what he saw as the greed and lack of class evident in London in his day Other reviewers have commented on how Augustus Melmotte is entirely believable as a 19th century Bernie Madoff, and his ponzi scheme house of cards has been seen over and over again on Wall Street But if The Way We Live Now were just a [...]

  22. I just reread this wonderful classic and was as entranced as ever by the vivid portraits Because of David Suchet s unforgettable portrayal of Mr Melmotte, I pictured him in that part How is it that Trollope manages to portray each of his characters so well that we feel a certain sympathy for even the villains He is somehow able to explain the workings of the mind of very flawed people in such a way as to make them a sort of individual Greek tragedy Each of his characters always seem to end up in [...]

  23. Timothy West did an excellent job narrating this book The 32 hours flew by, with only one plotline that actually dragged the story a bit Sir Felix Ruby Ruggles John Crumb If you ve seen the BBC Production starring David Suchet, you ve got the basic idea, but the book goes into greater detail of the characters lives, especially Melmotte s daughter Marie All of those good for nothing nobility were obnoxious enough to have me considering membership in the Socialist Workers Party

  24. This was an excellent novel I enjoyed this book from the very first page to the very last This book was really great fun to read, and I could hardly put it down once started It seems very timely too, as it could very easily describe the hubris, arrogance, and greed of the Wall Street crowd today in the United States i.e the too big to fail mentality Trollope paints a devastating portrait of London society and the financial and political conditions of his time, and amazingly enough that time isn [...]

  25. Very long, but one of the most readable and enjoyable books I have completed in a long time It is in many respects an analysis of society s greed and financial corruption, which is of course still relevant The characters are also brilliantly drawn and I repeatedly saw in many of them aspects of many people I know.

  26. A very big book, in than just length So much to think about, so relevant to the way we live now I was completely absorbed for this, my second reading.

  27. Phew Done Where to begin Overall, the novel was a delicious journey into the desperate, the ego centric, and the corrupt.I loved the seeming Rondo form of the novel at first spinning out then to close back in in the latter part of the book.Mrs Hurtle MUST be a unique creation That was simply wonderful to see a separated American woman in Victorian England on her own yet, Trollope draws her with sympathy.With so many mirrors, foils, and parallels created with a number of characters, a quick revie [...]

  28. This is one of his best, but atypical in many ways The love story takes a back seat and often feels tacked on, actually to the satirical look at high society and high finance The characters on the whole are less sympathetic than Trollope s usual, though I adore Lady Carbury, tigerish mother and would be author, almost in spite of myself there s a particularly scrumptious bit where Trollope describes her extremely methodical way of writing a novel, in which he s clearly poking a bit of fun at him [...]

  29. An incredibly long yet remarkably engaging look at the disastrous result of a credit economy gone corrupt with some marriage plots thrown in for good measure what, after all, is a Victorian novel without a marriage plot.

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