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The Way We Live Now

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2017
Inspired by the financial scandals of its era, The Way We Live Now is a portrait of a society corrupted by greed that continues to resonate with modern readers. Taking place in 1870s Victorian London, the characters are comprised of a motley cast of financiers, investors, and determined social-climbers. Despite rumors of an unsavory past, Augustus Melmotte is so vastly wealthy that the London society receives him with open arms. In addition to furthering his schemes of railway fraud, the ruthless financier's entry into society launches his daughter into the matrimonial market. Her preferred suitor, Sir Felix Carbury, is a penniless wastrel whose mother aspires to literary and financial success not so much by writing good books but by using her feminine charms to get ahead. A host of other bounders and rogues populate the pages of this tale, which begins as a satire and concludes as a delicious social comedy. Rejected by critics upon its 1875 publication, The Way We Live Now is recognized today as Anthony Trollope's masterpiece.

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Perry, Anne — Novelist Anthony Trollope's examinations of Victorian social mores and politics may appeal to readers of Anne Perry's Mysteries. While Perry's books, unlike Trollope's, involve crime and detection, both authors build their stories around political and social intrigues, while reflecting on the social issues of the Victorian Era. -- Gillian Speace
Thirkell, Angela, 1890-1961 — Readers who enjoyed Anthony Trollope's vividly atmospheric depictions ordinary life in rural England might want to check out the books of Angela Thirkell, who adopts Trollope's fictional county of Barsetshire as the setting for her similarly witty and meticulously observed stories about love, scandal, and social class. -- Derek Keyser
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 — Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope are classic English authors known for lushly atmospheric, character-driven novels focusing on complex, introspective individuals struggling to find love and happiness amidst the strict social hierarchies of 19th-century England. Both authors are admired for their refined prose, witty dialogue, and compelling melodrama. -- Derek Keyser
Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928 — These authors' works are Romantic, Descriptive, and Leisurely paced, and they share: the genres 'Classics' and 'Psychological fiction' and the subjects 'England' and 'Small town life'.
Kline, Christina Baker, 1964- — These authors' works are Engaging and Leisurely paced, and they share: the genre 'Psychological fiction' and the subject 'Small town life'.
McMurtry, Larry — These authors' works are Nostalgic, Descriptive, and Leisurely paced, and they share: the genre 'Psychological fiction' and the subject 'Small town life'.
Harris, Joanne, 1964-; Baker, Tiffany — These authors' works are Engaging, Descriptive, and Leisurely paced, and they share: the genre 'Psychological fiction' and the subject 'Small town life'.
Banville, John — These authors' works are Descriptive and Leisurely paced, and they share: the genre 'Psychological fiction' and the subject 'England'.
Ironside, Elizabeth — These authors' works are Witty, Descriptive, and Leisurely paced, and they share: the genre 'Psychological fiction' and the subject 'England'.
Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761 — These authors' works are Descriptive and Leisurely paced, and they share: the genre 'Classics' and the subjects 'England' and 'Marriage'.
Faulks, Sebastian — These authors' works are Romantic, Descriptive, and Leisurely paced, and they share: the genre 'Psychological fiction' and the subject 'England'.

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Average Rating: 4

★★★★☆ Another Great Piece by Trollope

By joilgc on Sat, 13 Aug 2011 04:50:44

Many fine and enjoyable actors pulling off brilliant work based on a great novel

★★★★★ the way we live now

By ibm on Sat, 30 Oct 2010 23:34:53

One of the best of the BBC literary series. Outstanding performance by David Suchet.

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