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The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
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The Way We Live Now is a scathing satirical novel published in London in 1875 by Anthony Trollope, after a popular serialization. It was regarded by many of Trollope’s contemporaries as his finest work.

One of his longest novels (it contains a hundred chapters), The Way We Live Now is particularly rich in sub-plot. It was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s, and lashes at the pervading dishonesty of the age, commercial, political, moral, and intellectual. It is one of the last memorable Victorian novels to have been published in monthly parts.

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E text prepared by Andrew Turek and extensively revised by Joseph E. Loewenstein, M.D.


by Anthony Trollope


Chapter I. Three Editors II. The Carbury Family III. The Beargarden IV. Madame Melmotte's Ball V. After the Ball VI. Roger Carbury and Paul Montague VII. Mentor VIII. Love Sick IX. The Great Railway to Vera Cruz X. Mr Fisker's Success XI. Lady Carbury at Home XII. Sir Felix in His Mother's House XIII. The Longestaffes XIV. Carbury Manor XV. "You should remember that I am his Mother" XVI. The Bishop and the Priest XVII. Marie Melmotte Hears a Love Tale XVIII. Ruby Ruggles Hears a Love Tale XIX. Hetta Carbury Hears a Love Tale XX. Lady Pomona's Dinner Party XXI. Everybody Goes to Them XXII. Lord Nidderdale's Morality XXIII. "Yes; I'm a Baronet" XXIV. Miles Grendall's Triumph XXV. In Grosvenor Square XXVI. Mrs Hurtle XXVII... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

July 6, 2014
I enjoyed the story and the reading, although it seemed a bit repetitious. The characters and the plot held my attention.
June 26, 2014
Long story, but memorable characters and a tireless reader with a voice I was comfortable with. It isn't a serious novel. Originally a serialization, it is romance and family life and finance. Despite the age it was written, there are women with minds of their own. I liked that. :)

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