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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853262552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853262555
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.4 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Trollope's masterpiece...its examination of how hopes of easy money can corrupt individuals and sections of society remains relevant today... It is all too easy to imagine the "Great Financier", Augustus Melmotte a shadowy, egotistical and tyrannical swindler, at the top of a contemporary investment bank." (Observer)<br \><br \>"Dominating the narrative is the majestically dishonest Augustus Melmotte: a speculative railroad financier who buys an English society only too willing to sell itself...The darkest of Trollope's 47 novels." --(Guardian)

"A tale of financial skulduggery reminiscent of recent city scandals" --(Daily Telegraph)

"His subtle depiction of relationships and the struggle to make decisions is unrivalled. He's so funny, so perceptive, so clear-sighted about the pursuit of money and power and status. Everyone with a pulse should read him." --(Francesca Simon Guardian)

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This book is provided with an introduction and notes by Peter Merchant. Canterbury Christ Church College, the tough-mindedness of the social satire in and its air of palpable integrity give this novel a special place in Anthony Trollope's Literary career. Trollope paints a picture as panoramic as his title promises, of the life of 1870s London, the loves of those drawn to and through the city, and the career of Augustus Melmotte. Melmotte is one of the Victorian novel's greatest and strangest creations, and is an achievement undimmed by the passage of time. Trollope's 'Now' might, in the twenty-first century, look like some distant disenchanted 'Then', but this is still the yesterday which we must understand in order to make proper sense of our today.

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