The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live NowLove Is Like Any Other Luxury You Have No Right To It Unless You Can Afford It It Is Impossible To Be Sure Who Melmotte Is, Let Alone What Exactly He Has Done He Is, Seemingly, A Gentleman, And A Great Financier, Who Penetrates To The Heart Of The State, Reaching Even Inside The Houses Of Parliament He Draws The English Establishment Into His Circle, Including Lady Carbury, A 43 Year Old Coquette And Her Son Felix, Who Is Persuaded To Invest In A Notional Railway Business Huge Sums Of Money Are At Stake, As Well As Romantic Happiness The Way We Live Now Is Usually Thought Trollope S Major Work Of Satire But Is Better Described As His Most Substantial Exploration Of A Form Of Crime Fiction, Where The Crimes Are Both Literal And Moral It Is A Text Preoccupied By Detection And The Unmasking Of Swindlers As Such It Is A Narrative Of Exceptional Tension A Novel Of Rumour, Gossip, And Misjudgment, Where Every Second Counts For Many Of Trollope S Characters, Calamity And Exposure Are Just Around The Corner ABOUT THE SERIES For Over 100 Years Oxford World S Classics Has Made Available The Widest Range Of Literature From Around The Globe Each Affordable Volume Reflects Oxford S Commitment To Scholarship, Providing The Most Accurate Text Plus A Wealth Of Other Valuable Features, Including Expert Introductions By Leading Authorities, Helpful Notes To Clarify The Text, Up To Date Bibliographies For Further Study, And Much. 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 of which the world beyond is altogether ignorant Much of this comes of nature, but something of it sometimes comes by art Anthony TrollopeAnthony Trollope wrote this satirical novel as a reaction to the financial scandals of the 1870s in Great Britain His character Augustus Melmotte, a man of uncertain religious affiliation, and even uncertain nationality arrives in London There is just the whiff of scandal nipping at his heels from the continent, but along with those rumors also come rumblings of his great wealth The Lords and Baronets of London are in need of some cash and when Melmotte sets up a company selling shares in a railroad to be built across Mexico they feel this is an opportunity for them to reach solvency After all Melmotte seems to understand these financial matters and the Lords are only interested in profit not in comprehe
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 doesn t revolve entirely around people courting each other or mucking about with swords Dickens does not write novels for grown up people I know, you re about to make an argument for Bleak House, and you might have something there but Trollope shares with him a bottomless sympathy for humans Melmotte is completely amoral, and he knows it, but Trollope does such a terrific job getting us into his head that I ended up almost rooting for him Respecting him for what he is, anyway ETA for the 2016 election season it s hard not to see a little proto Trump in that guy Of the many other characters spinning around in this mammoth panorama, Roger Carbury may be the hero of the book I feel like if anyone represents Trollope himself, it s Roger but he s also the least interesting character I found him not unlikable, not awful, but boring Although I liked his ending view spoiler sad and ambivalent in which he offers to be a father figure Put your tiny hand in mine, he says c
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 honorable person would have had anything to do But Melmotte is very, very rich or at least he appears to be very, very rich so people who should know better, people who a generation earlier would have been true gentlemen an ideal that was very important to Trollope , are falling over themselves to associate themselves with this mysterious foreigner As Trollope says in many of his novels, paraphrasing Shakespeare, they think they can touch pitch and not be defiled although it may be accurate to say that many of the characters in The Way We Live Now think that if they touch pit
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 entertain them and fill their time when they weren t working They read BIG ASS books Books such as Bleak House, Middlemarch, Vanity Fair, and this monstrosity, The Way We Live Now, were all and still are enormously popular All hailed as masterpieces, all over 800 pages long, all demanding time and attention than your overly possessive girlfriend Yet these books still are read today from cover to cover and are placed prominently on all bookstore shelves My next question for you is this Is reading a BIG ASS book such as The Way We Live Now, really worth my time and attention Or am I better off turning on the television and watching reality TV which is obviously less difficult, no less time consuming, and requires significantly less brain power My answer is simple I believe that a book such as TWWLN is worth the time an
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 claims for himself to be whole all over, teres atque rotundus so to have managed his little affairs that he has to fear no harm, and to blush inwardly at no error It took me a long time to write about this amazing book that I read about five months ago, but I am finally made the effort and rescued a rare inspiration to write a few lines with my thoughts Better later than never.With a satirical wit, Anthony Trollope creates in The Way We Live Now a fantastic melodrama with a large and rich cast of characters that together depict a scene of greed as corruption abounds while plots of marital intrigue thrive, as pretty much everyone is trying to get married Trollope s characters are each and every one of them different, as it is in real life As we read we discover that many are despicable, some are greedy while many others are naive and sweet, or simply vulnerable and weak It is a fact that his views on people led to a creation where just a few
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 with pictures on all its walls, and gems in all its cupboards, with marble and ivory in all its corners, and can give Apician dinners, and get into Parliament, and deal in millions, then dishonesty is not disgraceful, and the man dishonest after such a fashion is not a low scoundrel.Speculators grown great with rampant fraud at the highest levels of finance writers and newspaper editors peddling infl
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 settle up And if a sober outsider should join their game with cash in hand, the 4 of them quickly fleece him of his ready money The game can t go on without periodic rescues by the useful Herr Vossner, who when called on will buy out the unbacked IOUs at high interest.And of course the players never, never pay their tailors or bootmakers that almost goes without saying all their resources go into the game, and the work
As good the third time as the first A brilliant, engaging read, a fascinating exploration of money, power and class in the Victorian period. I can see why people speak of The Way We Live Now 1875 as Trollope s masterpiece It s quite superb It s a vast novel a hundred chapters , but it never dragged in the least for me Trollope is fairly light on description and leans hard on dialogue, with which he has a wonderfully deft touch I was always rather suspicious about this book when I read about its subject matter I knew it was about a parvenu financier of suspiciously foreign origins, who was supposed to embody the corruption of the modern world and I imagined it would be rather conservative and xenophobic in its values In fact, it s nothing of the kind It s the aristocratic Londoners who allow themselves to be bewitched by Augustus Melmotte s dubiously acquired lucre who come in for the keenest of Trollope s satirical barbs Melmotte himself, though certainly a monster, is allowed to acquire a certain tragic grandeur in his painfully protracted fall from grace His illegitimate daughter Marie, meanwhile, who spends most of the novel being dangled as prey for impecunious titled fortune hunters, finishes up as a splendid, scene stealing, table turning heroine for me the standout character of the book The chief moral theme of TWWLN, as identified by Trollope in his autobiography, is the disturbingly contemporary one of the corrosive social effects of dishonesty when gilded by wealth and power London in the 1870s is portrayed here as feverishly enthralled to money and disinclined
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 England of the1870s What was Trollope s message Greed and lying permeated all aspects of life morals, politics and business In this book I enjoyed only one character Georgiana Longestaffe She had spunk, but I needed much of her She reminded me of Lady Glencora in the Palliser series narration of the audiobook by Timothy West is absolutely excellent The Palliser series Can You Forgive Her 3 starsPhineas Finn 4 starsStand alone Sir Harry Hotspur Of

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  • 896 pages
  • The Way We Live Now
  • Anthony Trollope
  • English
  • 17 February 2019
  • 9780198705031