The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

The Way We Live Now is a satirical novel by Anthony Trollope, published in London in 1875.  It was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s. The primary character, Augustus Melmotte, is a foreign-born financier with a mysterious past. When he moves his business and his family to London, the city's upper crust begins buzzing with rumors about him—and a host of characters ultimately find their lives changed because of him.

Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. Many critics acknowledge this sweeping satire as his masterpiece. W. H. Auden wrote of Trollope as follows: "Of all novelists in any country, Trollope best understands the role of money..." Some critics today have a particular interest in Trollope's portrayal of women—he caused remark even in his own day for his deep insight and sensitivity to the inner conflicts caused by the position of women in Victorian society.

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The venue, being a hotel bar/lounge area, requires that everyone buy at least one drink each if they are not hotel guests. It doesn't have to be alcoholic, so feel free to get coke/juice/etc. before we start. The group usually heads out for dinner after the meetup so feel free to join in.

We're usually by the "fireplace". If not, look for me.


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  • Vicky

    Loved the group and the energetic conversation. The book was 700 pages too long for me, but the discussion motivated to get through part of it. Enjoyed it and will return in May!

    April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would've loved to come but it's my birthday on the 25th and 7 pm is the absolute worst time for me.

    March 23, 2014

    • Dennis T.

      Happy Birthday! Too bad you can't make it, hope to see you next time..

      1 · March 23, 2014

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