The Way We Live Now.....?
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Tämä viestiketju on "uinuva" —viimeisin viesti on vanhempi kuin 90 päivää. Ryhmä "virkoaa", kun lähetät vastauksen.
For me it just went on and on and then finished.
None of the:
1-Joy, brilliance, pathos, and humor of a Dickens
2-Depth and breadth of a Tolstoy
3-Emotion of a Charlotte Bronte
4-Enjoyable rhythms of a John Galsworthy
5-Delicacy of an Elizabeth Gaskell
6-Charm of a Jane Austin
Obviously, everyone loves him and I am the odd man out. But what is it that I don't see in the book and that make me color blind?
What's great about this book is how contemporarily topical it is. Or a least, it reminds me of a certain time period just prior to the dotcom bubble burst. Nothing really changes, I guess. I'm thinking now we've become he dying empire that is England in the novel, and India, maybe China, is analogus to the America of the 1870's.
Part of it is that there's really no one to root for. Pretty much every character is in some way corrupt (except Roger Carbury I suppose, but he's a pompous ass) and Felix is downright despicable. I suppose that's the point in a way, that the civilization is breaking down, but it makes it a less satisfying read.
I read somewhere that AT was initially intending the name the book 'Lady Carbury', with the character loosely based on his own mother, the struggling author Frances Trollope. But later, when the plot became mostly about the Melmottes he changed the title.
Also, I just can't buy that Melmotte would commit suicide. He's been in hot water before and just skipped town, why does he take it so hard now? Can someone else explain it to me?
I have just finished TWWLN (my very first Trollope, by the way!) and I’m very impressed. Great story telling, subtil humour and interesting characters. Trollope obviously takes a harsh view of human nature, but he does not seem embittered or cynical. Although almost every character in this novel is deeply flawed I still found it quite easy to sympathise with them; even Melmotte in the utter loneliness of his downfall seems worthy of at least some pity.
As I said, my very first Trollope. Which raises the obvious question: what next?
Skilling and Lay? Mmm, surely Melmotte is a much darker, Mephistolean character and not just a cheap fraud. I especially liked the description of his last twenty four hours; not unlike the downfall of a great villain in Greek tragedy or Shakespeare.
The Warden it will be. Still 44 Trollope's to go. Woohoo!
but whatever, it's a matter of interpretation.
Did anyone else feel Hetta Carbury to be the least interesting character? She doesn't really come to life as the others do. She wants Paul at the beginning of the story and she still wants him at the end, and that's about it.
Oh, and I loved sir Felix Carbury:what a delicious and hopeless good-for-nothing he is!
Hetta and Paul as Mr. are Mrs. Boring. Much more likely a couple than Paul and Mrs. Hurtle.
The actress who plays Marie Melmotte in the BBC production (Shirley Henderson), does a terrific job as Miss Pettigrew's nemesis, Edith, in "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day".