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One of the greatest and most relevant works of Victorian literature, The Way We Live Now is a powerful satire on avarice and other vices that have come to shape and blemish modern society. Featuring a variety of characters who resort to swindle and deceit all in the interest on monetary gain, The Way We Live Now is a moral rumination that is easily Trollope’s masterpiece.
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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 (for whom she steals funds in order to elope) is a classic in the literature of money and a ripping good read as well.From the Inside Flap:
"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 of a society on the verge of moral bankruptcy, where the traditional virtues of Tory squirearchy, represented by Roger Carbury, prove to be no match for the financial genius of Augustus Melmotte. 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.
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Book Description Empire Books, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M161949244X
Book Description Empire Books, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 438 pages. 10.00x8.00x0.99 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk161949244X