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The Way We Live Now

by Anthony Trollope, Peter Merchant

Part of the Wordsworth Classics Series

LoveReading View on The Way We Live Now

Not recognised as a masterpiece until years after Anthony Trollope's death (perhaps it made people flinch a little too much), The Way We Live Now is just as current and relevant as it was when it was written. Corruption, social climbing, and scandal is as prevalent today as it has always been and the main character Melmotte is truly wonderful, because he is so very dreadful. A book to make you smirk, wince, and nod. There are surely some well known people alive today that would easily step between the pages and feel right at home. 

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Liz Robinson

The Way We Live Now Synopsis

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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ISBN: 9781853262555
Publication date: 05/06/1995
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781853262555
Publication date: 5th June 1995
Author: Anthony Trollope, Peter Merchant
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 800 pages
Genres: Classics,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

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