The way we lived then… & now

In The New Yorker, George Packer — worried about ever-diminishing attention spans — is relieved to find he’s got the stamina to tackle Trollope’s monumental novel about the power of money. I first read the chronicle of the rise and fall of Augustus Melmotte around the time of Robert Maxwell’s demise. The parallels were eerie, to say the least. (As Packer observes, Trollope isn’t totally innocent of the charge of using anti-Semitic stereotypes, even if the portrayal of Brehgert does even things out a little. Lopez, the anti-hero of “The Prime Minister” is another obvious example of the dubious, tainted interloper.)

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