Still very much the way we live now

12 01 2013

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

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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 )

 

This really is a terrific novel which looks remarkably prescient. Trollope’s tale of a dishonest financier who buys his way into a corrupt society whose members are all too easily swayed by the opportunity to get rich quick and seduced by plans offering extraordinary returns does have striking parallels with our most recent economic and political woes. Sadly, still very much the way we live now. A big book in every sense and one I would wholeheartedly recommend.

5 star

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