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The Way We Live Now [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Trollope
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 538 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420933264
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00846ZZ2A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spookily relevant today! 14 Jan. 2013
By Kim
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An amazingly droll and acerbic exposure of the hypocrisy, corruption, incompetence and willfull ignorance of those in finance, business, government and celebrated society in the 1870s - sound familiar? Trollope was surely the Ian Hislop of his day. But don't worry, this novel is not hard going. It's an easy, humorous and absorbing read from beginning to end. And far from seeming too long at over 760 pages, I couldn't read it fast enough and was disappointed when it ended. I could nitpick about the slight implausibility of some of the characters' actions or inaction, and there is one plot thread which relies on a mind-blowing coincidence to bring some of the key players together in London. But my quibbles may be down to my lack of understanding of Victorian sensibilities and novel writing style. This is a wonderful novel, presenting a range of irresistible characters - good, bad and hopeless - to discover.
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"The Way We Live Now" is set primarily in London in the 1870's and describes the (fictional) financial shenanigans of the time. Trollope introduces a wide range of characters from endearing to despicable. I would describe his technique as trustworthy because you do not get the characters mixed up - though they are numerous - and by the end of the book each subplot has come to a satisfactory conclusion.

Trollope's method of keeping the characters separate is to gently remind the reader of where we left this person the last time he or she was part of the narrative. I find this very considerate and a great help (although others may criticise it for making the novel unnecessarily long).

All of the characters have flaws, which persuades the reader that they are human and believable. At the same time, that means that there is no hero or heroine to be followed in the knowledge that this person good through and through. There are some happy outcomes and some unhappy outcomes, but at the end one has the pleasure of feeling that, on the whole, justice has been done.

The eBook contains the usual handful of printing errors that always seem to result from scanning in a printed book, spell-checking it, but not proof-reading it sufficiently well. However, these mistakes are a very minor inconvenience in a text that is so reasonably priced.

I found the book a fascinating insight into the class structure, prejudices and moral climate of 1870 England. Anyone reading it today can not fail to draw parallels with the greed and unscrupulous behaviour of parts of the modern day financial sector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars curl up with a good Trollope 25 Jan. 2015
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This was dramatised in 2001 with David Suchet as the financier Melmotte. It was published in serial form in 1875.

I get the impression that it was not that well received at the time, perhaps the rather cynical darkness of tone, or perhaps the subject of financial bubbles was still too close to home. It still reads well as a timely warning of the perils of financial speculation, showing how easily people can be bullied and flattered into conniving with a crooked financier. Despite the initial darkness of tone, this never heads into doom laden Thomas Hardy territory, foolishness is punished, but not excessively so.

There is a rich cast of characters and subplots, so much so that this comes across more like a rambling modern soap opera than a typical novel. It is not hugely confusing, but it is worth devoting some serious time to reading it to get the best from it. The wit and pace seldom flag, and this is a thoroughly entertaining and relevant novel.

The Kindle version had a handful of scanning errors for example Mr Broune appears as Mr Brown at one point, but these should not hinder your enjoyment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it a puppet-show? 3 Oct. 2013
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I am only part way through but am enjoying Trollope's ironic sense of humour and his use of names to indicate character.
There is a wonderful sense of the life and behaviour of the varied moneyed classes in the late 19th Century. One can get a vivid impression of the manipulation going on in the 'marriage market' in order to gain a fortune through an heiress. It is like watching a puppet-show, trying to work out who will get who! I look forward to seeing if my predictions are correct.
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By Lucy Mc
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This must be a massive tome in print but the only way you can tell on the Kindle is the little percentage gauge at the bottom of the screen which barely moves as you plough through page after page. I'm so glad not to have been lifting the print version for the last month!
Trollope always amazes me by his ability to capture how people behave in a way that is still totally relevant.
In this novel (not part of a series as far as I can tell) he describes the largely metropolitan lives of a group of Victorian nobles and upper middle class people who have all become involved with Melmotte, a shadowy, wealthy and unscrupulous character who ensnares them all with hopes of marrying, inheriting, robbing, gambling or trading his money.
There are several commentaries on marriage and whether love and money and happiness all go together (of course not) as well as the way in which a con man can trick people (or an entire city) into thinking he's wealthy beyond the need for credit checks.
Be warned, however, there are lots of references to Jews as despised money grabbers in this, although at least one is specifically described as honest and gentleman-like (even if he does look like a greasy fat butcher!)
Young men in this novel epitomise the idle rich: the gambling, boozing, hunting stereotype and the effects of such behaviour is spelled out clearly. Young women are clear about their annoyance with restricted lives but do have a voice in Trollope's world and can influence their own fates, even if it is usually about their own marital prospects. But this is not a romantic novel, even though there are lovers in it. Older characters, including women, are shown to shape and influence events and, more importantly, opinions.
I'm 92% through and can see much of the ending coming but am still enjoying it. If you're good at ploughing through something epic, read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way We Live Now
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE FOR PEANUTS
This satire is acknowledged nowadays as Trollope’s masterpiece, but is not included in collections of his work available otherwise as Kindle books. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Groat
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an excellent portayal of an earlier social world
Published 25 days ago by scrooge
3.0 out of 5 stars he is so prolific and I have always loved his Barchester Chronicles
I am a fan of Anthony Trollope, he is so prolific and I have always loved his Barchester Chronicles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tobykin
5.0 out of 5 stars A golden oldy.
Absolutely brilliant! Don't be put of by its prodigious length . This is a page turner from beginning to end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn Lane
3.0 out of 5 stars Deals with themes that are current today.
This was such a current story even though it was written 150 years ago. Some of the same political and financial wheelings and dealings are covered in this uncomfortable story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kc
5.0 out of 5 stars read about financial greed, and love, in 19th century society
If today's corruption in banks, finance, politics and sport has given you the gripes, read Trollope's masterpiece describing financial greed and social climbing in the 19th... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Things don't change
Characters are likable and you still can relate to them today. Snobbery prejudice and dodgy politicians. Great story telling as usual from Anthony Trollope
Published 2 months ago by Karen watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Things Don't Change
A good Victorian story with plenty of ironic comment on the doings of its characters, many of whom are recognisable today
Published 2 months ago by Hurielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have not yet finished it but am fascinated!
Published 3 months ago by Ian K Bleasdale
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