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The Way We Live Now | [Anthony Trollope]

The Way We Live Now

In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.
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In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

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    Kim Anderson, SC, United States 08-07-10
    Kim Anderson, SC, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Way too long"

    I honestly finished this book because, as an optimist, I kept hoping it would improve. There were only three characters that I liked, all the others I hated hearing about. Although the story does enlighten the reader to the mood of the era, it would be more fun listening to a book of history,

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    Mary Catherine NC 12-24-10
    Mary Catherine NC 12-24-10 Member Since 2015
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    I just didn't like this book. The characters were annoying and I didn't care what happened to anyone - I almost stopping listening a few times when certain characters were making the same mistakes over and over and over and over. This writer certainly doesn't think people have any redeeming qualities. The book was irritating more than anything else. It was the only book I had to listen to for the week, so I labored through it. I just didn???t like it at all. Waste of time and money.

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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 02-14-11
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 02-14-11 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "the way we live now"

    AH..... the use of the English language is SUBLIME.. but the story and the content goes on and on,... and on..... the author could have wrapped it up a bit quicker, but nonetheless, great insight of the characters.. would I buy it again??? hmmm only if on sale.. by the way this book has been made into a movie .. checi out Netflix...

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    Diane 01-07-11
    Diane 01-07-11
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    Well, I like this kind of book - long and in this time period and parts were interesting enough to make me not want to turn it off but it's just too long and wordy. I would've willing skipped sections and enjoyed it more. Well written, historical detail, great narrator, just too long and not enough story - sometimes very slow.

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