The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now


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Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142437131
  • 816 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

“A certain class of dishonesty, dishonesty magnificent in its proportions, and climbing into high places … “

This was the new metropolitan disease Trollope set out brilliantly to expose in The Way We Live Now. His milieux are the City’s financial institutions, London’s exclusive West End squares and drones’ clubs populated by languorous aristocrats, all offering rich pickings for the unscrupulous speculator, whether in the marriage or the money market. Among the unscrupulous are the hack-writer Lady Carbury, her son Felix and, above all, Melmotte, a financier of uncertain origins and Napoleonic ruthlessness, energy and charm, whose dramatic rise and fall dominates the novel.

The Way We Live Now, unpopular on its first appearance in 1874-5, is now widely recognized as Trollope’s masterpiece. An unorthodox satire with a happy ending, it explores decadence and change in what Frank Kermode calls “a world increasingly more congenial to the speculator than to the gentleman.”

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Praise

"The Way We Live Now is the essence of Trollope. If he had written no other novel, it would have ensured his immortality."
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