trol5_5My favorite novelist is Anthony Trollope, and for that reason I take a lot of ribbing from my Booklist colleagues.  Trollope seems to be  the poster boy for fiction that is stuffy, boring, and old fashioned.  So imagine my delight when I opened my copy of Newsweek yesterday–the one with “What to Read Now” on the cover (at least on the cover of the magazine sent to subscribers; the copies on the newsstand feature Michael Jackson instead)–and discovered that the number one recommendation  from the Newsweek panel is Trollope’s The Way We Live Now.

At the center of the plot is a swindling financier who, as Newsweek points out, is a Bernie Madoff for the Victorian age. All of Trollope’s novels deal in one way or another with  money (he often tells us precisely how much money his characters have, and his novels are tutorials in what kind of  lifestyle that money could buy), but The Way We Live Now, in particular, is scathing in its examination of  greed.

If you decide to follow up on Newsweek‘s recommendation (and mine) to read The Way We Live Now and it gives you a taste for Trollope, you have lots of great reading ahead of you.  He wrote almost 50 novels.



About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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  1.' Cindy DAvies says:

    At Newsweek’s recommendation, I already have a copy on my bedside table!

  2.' Karenlibrarian says:

    My online book group read this last fall — we found the parallels eerie and fascinating. This book is more than 800 pages, yet I could not put it down. I am now a Trollope convert and look forward to reading more of his novels.

  3.' Amy T. says:

    I spent this past winter re-reading Trollope, and despite his haste and sloppiness he remains one of my favorite authors. I ordered several of his books for our library to complete the Palliser and Barsetshire series, in the hopes that another reader would pick them up and want to read every single one.
    Trollope is so vibrant and personal! I’m sick to death of the so careful Iowa/Breadloaf school of writing where you can feel how every sentence has been massaged. Thank you for sending this along; it made me feel that the world is not quite as mad as it seems.

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