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The "now" of this novel is 1870s London, and the "we" comprises a motley cast of financiers, investors, and determined social-climbers. Inspired by contemporary financial scandals, Anthony Trollope's social comedy offers a savagely satirical view of mid-Victorian England. The great storyteller's masterpiece, which centers on a Ponzi scheme involving the building of an American railroad, continues to resonate in the 21st century.
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"The Way We Live Now is the essence of Trollope. If he had written no other novel, it would have ensured his immortality."Book Description:
Trollope's magnificent and prescient satire about a dishonest financier who buys his way into a corrupt society, and throws it into turmoil
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