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REVIEW ê EPSILONDATA.CO.ZA Ò Alexandre Dumas SUMMARY Ü La tulipe noire Alexandre Dumas Ò 1 SUMMARY 'To have discovered the black tulip to have seen it for a momentthen to lose it to lose it forever' Cornelius von Baerle a respectable tulip grower lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation But after his powerful godfather i Contempt for flowers is an offence against God The lovelier the flower the greater the offence in despising it The tulip is the loveliest of all flowers So whoever despised the tulip offends God immeasurably In 1672 two brothers Cornelius and Johan de Witt Grand Pensionaryprime minister of Holland were charged with treason and sentenced to exile Cornelis had been tortured with the hope that he would confess to plotting with the French king He did notHe had corresponded with the French King but those letters had been safely deposited with his godson Cornelius van Baerle This evidence if obtained would have insured a frog march to the executioner and a swift separation of their heads from their bodies If only they had been so lucky The mob you know those people that we buy our fruit our clothes our meat from who build our cabinetry customize our clogs and bake our bread were unhappy with the verdict of exile They wantedblood With a bit of sinister machination by a rather villainous depiction of William of Orange the mob gets their chance at the very moment the brothers are attempting to comply with their sentencing The Mob Image from the Folio Society edition And everyone wanted to strike a blow with a hammer a sword or a knife everyone wanted to have his drop of blood and tear off his scrap of clothingWhen the two bodies were thoroughly beaten thoroughly dismembered and thoroughly stripped the mob dragged them naked and bleeding to an improvised gibbet where amateur executioners hung them up by the feet Meanwhile our hero Cornelius van Baerle continues to pursue what he loves best growing tulips He has a genius for it He grafts mulches and cultivates his bulbs with the same precision as a master violinist moves his bow across the strings The science of tulips is his to command When the tulip society offers a 100000 guilder reward for the first gardener to create an unblemished black tulip Cornelius is elated not for a chance to win the money but for the challenge of creating the perfect black tulip Little does Cornelius know but he has a nemesis one too close for comfort In fact Mynheer Isaac Boxtel lives right next door He was once a well respected gardener but since his rich neighbor van Baerle decided to take up the challenge of raising tulips his own gardens have been neglected He has no time to garden for all of his spare moments are spent with a telescope to his eye watching every movement of his illustrious neighbor He gnashes his teeth and pulls his hair with every breakthrough that Cornelius achieves with each new specimen of tulip excellence Boxtel enraged Image from the Folio Society edition How many times in the midst of these torments which no words can convey had Boxtel not been tempted to leap into the garden by night and ravage the plants devouring the bulbs with his teeth and even sacrificing the owner himself to his fury if the man should dare to defend his tulipsBut to kill a tulip in the eyes of a true gardener is such a ghastly crime while to kill a man well perhapsYet thanks to the progress that van Baerle was making daily in an art that he seemed to be acuiring by instinct Boxtel was driven to such a paroxysm of rage that he considered throwing sticks and stones into his neighbour s tulip beds Boxtel becomes the source of much misery for van Baerle for that telescope revealed much than secrets about tulips Cornelius is arrested and evades a similar fate as his uncles when a last second sword in the air ready to descend reprieve arrives His sentence is commuted to life imprisonment When he was arrested he had time only to grab three offsets of a bulb that he believes will produce the perfect black tulip As unlikely as it seems given the dank despairing environment of prison he meets an angel in the form of Rosa the daughter of the brutish jailer Gryphus She becomes his confidant his reason to continue living and the protector of his greatest creation Rosa and yes that is Boxtel lurking in the shadows Image from the Folio Society edition As the rail of the staircase creaked under the prisoner s heavy hand the girl half opened the small door of a room which she inhabited in the very wall of the staircase Holding a lamp in her right hand she at the same time lit up her delightful pink face framed in splendid locks of thick blonde hair while with her left hand she drew her white nightdress across her breastIt was love at first sight If Boxtel hadn t in a fit of jealous depraved behavior perpetrated a plan to destroy his enemy Cornelius would have never met the love of his life Sigh Sometimes one has suffered enough to have the right to never say I am too happy Now the plot revolves around the fate of three tulip offsets and Boxtel s nefarious attempts to steal them Rosa is thrust into the maelstrom of tulip craziness not seen since the crash of the tulip market back in 1637 She loves Cornelius but can not be certain if his love for her eclipses his love for his tulips I would love to tell you but I don t want to take any chances of imperiling the enjoyment of discovery each of you will experience when you follow this plot to it s frenzied conclusion One danger you will not be able to avoid is the sudden desire to obtain and plant the most dazzling display of tulips that can be concocted from the twisted minds of those brilliant Dutch gardeners EnjoyIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


La tulipe noire

REVIEW ê EPSILONDATA.CO.ZA Ò Alexandre Dumas SUMMARY Ü La tulipe noire Alexandre Dumas Ò 1 SUMMARY Black tulip in secret Dumas' last major historical novel is a tale of romantic love jealousy and obsession interweaving historical events surrounding the brutal murders of two Dutch statesman in 1672 with the phenomenon of tulipomania that gripped seventeenth century Hollan 35It has been a long time since I ve read anything from Alexandre Dumas and so I was looking forward to this novel The Black Tulip takes place in Holland not France and is on a much smaller scale than expected Dumas usually paints on a huge canvas but not this time The first few chapters do deal with exploding events but very soon the narration zooms in on the burgeoning love between an obsessed tulip grower and a courageous and intelligent girl and a mythical flower I loved the language often over the top extoling the obsession felt by so many characters over the Black Tulip and the mocking tone of the narration The couple is endearing but it is Rosa who shines through the whole story Some plot choices towards the end felt jarring to me but apart from this I did enjoy this simple tale It has whetted my appetite for from Dumas

Alexandre Dumas Ò 1 SUMMARY

REVIEW ê EPSILONDATA.CO.ZA Ò Alexandre Dumas SUMMARY Ü La tulipe noire Alexandre Dumas Ò 1 SUMMARY S assassinated the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in deadly political intrigue and is falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival Condemned to life imprisonment his only comfort is Rosa the jailer's beautiful daughter and together they concoct a plan to grow the 35 rounded upNothing makes me feel like a youngster again uite like reading Dumas He is a consummate storyteller and when you are reading the story is everything you are immersed in it you are suffering the confinement and the injustice and the suspense The romance is necessary but not terribly realistic but then Dumas strength is action and it is his male characters who seize and keep your interest Nobody watched Errol Flynn movies to see the fainting heroineshe was his propThis degree of fervor over a tulip might seem extreme but it is in fact based on the history of the time Holland had tulip fever that amounted to a mania Dumas certainly put this to good use in his plot development and the creation of the fanatic Boxtel A fun read for me and just right for reading between tasks at this time of year

  • Paperback
  • 246
  • La tulipe noire
  • Alexandre Dumas
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 9780140448924