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!