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by Alexandre Dumas

  • ISBN: 1463604734
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Alexandre Dumas
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 19, 2011)
  • Pages: 210 pages
  • FB2 size: 1985 kb
  • EPUB size: 1423 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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The Black Tulip is a historical novel written by Alexandre Dumas.

The Black Tulip is a historical novel written by Alexandre Dumas. The story begins with a historical event - the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern Prime Minister) Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis.

The Black Tulip book. Dumas had written the villainous characters of Gryphus, the jailer and Boxtel, the jealous rival tulip grower so well that my only regret was that they were not within my reach so that I could strangle them for all the pain they caused to Cornelius and Rosa. Although Cornelius is said to be the hero of the book, I felt there was a more active heroine at play in the character of Rosa.

The Black Tulip is a historical novel written by Alexandre Dumas, père. The story begins with a historical event-the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern Prime Minister) Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis, by a wild mob of their own d by many as one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity.

Книга для чтения на английском языке уровня Beginner, адаптированное издание одноименного произведения одного из самых читаемых французских авторов в мире - Александра Дюма. Сюжет романа берет свое начало в Голландии в 1672 году. Молодой Корнелиус Ван Баерле нашел секрет выращивания черного тюльпана, и он скоро получит выигрыш, обещанныйпервому человеку, добившемуся черного цвета

Yes, Alexandre Dumas was of African descent. He was actually one-quarter black

Yes, Alexandre Dumas was of African descent. He was actually one-quarter black  . His paternal grandfather was Marquis Alexandre-Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie, a French nobleman who fell in love with a slave named Marie-Cesette ( an Afro-Carribean creole of mixed African and French ancestry). He took her as a concubine and they had a mixed race son: Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. This is him (and he was pretty badass!!!)

The Black Tulip, written by Alexandre Dumas père and published in 1850, is a historical novel placed in the time of Tulipmania in the Netherlands.

The novel begins with the 1672 politically motivated mob lynching of the de Witt brothers and then follows the story of Cornelius van Baerle, godson of Cornelius de Wit. Cornelius Van Baerle has joined the race to breed a truly black tulip – and to win the prize of 100,000 guilders, as well as fame and honour. As he nears his goal he is jailed and then of course rescued – by the beautiful Rosa, daughter of the jailer.

Alexandre Dumas sets his captivating tale in the 1670s, a generation after Holland was gripped by the economic madness of Tulip mania and shortly after the mob lynching of a pair of Dutch statesmen. His fictional treatment of these historic events forms a timeless political allegory in which the rare flower represents the triumph of justice, tolerance, and true love over greed, jealousy, and obsession. Best known as the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas (1802–70) wrote travel books and children's stories as well as popular historical novels.

Dumas successfully balances the romance of the protagonist’s love for both the heroine and his precious tulip, with a quest to prove his innocence and thwart the schemes of his rival tulip-fancier Boxtel. One fee. Stacks of books.

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Reviews about The Black Tulip (4):
I bought this book to read on my Kindle. It had been recommended to me by an English teacher after I had talked about one of my favorite books The Count of Monte Cristo. It is not as good by any means, probably for me because I could not develop the same passion for just that one thing, creating The Black Tulip. It is as well that there are people in life who do this, dedicate their whole lives to one specific thing or we would never have discovered the wonder of the DNA helix and the Giant Hadron Collider would never have been invented.

There is a facility on the Kindle which enables you to see "popular highlights" which means if you like a passage in a book and decide to highlight and save it you can see how many other people are in the same mind and also which other passages have been highlighted. I read all the highlights (and there are quite a few from this book) but none had highlighted the passage which caught my attention.

"'Down there,' he said, 'is Rosa watching like myself, and waiting from minute to minute: down there, under Rosa's eyes, is the mysterious flower, which lives, which expands, which opens, perhaps Rosa holds in this moment the stem of the tulip between her delicate fingers. Touch it gently, Rosa. Perhaps she touches it with her lips its expanding chalice. Touch it cautiously, Rosa, your lips are burning. Yes, perhaps at this moment the two objects of my dearest love caress each other under the eye of Heaven.'
At this moment, a star blazed in the southern sky, and shot through the whole horizon, falling down, as it were on the fortress of Loewestein. Cornelius felt a thrill run through his frame."

Do you think the author was describing something else here? A double entendre?
Difficult to get into because of the run-on sentences and the rather stilted language. Once through the first couple of chapters, the story line is terrific and very readable. Alexander Dumas paints a vivid picture of Amsterdam in the 17th century.
The Black Tulip is an engaging romp through Holland in 1673 when religious differences cost people their lives in brutal fashion and tulip bulbs were so highly valued as to provide fodder for a tale of spying, mystery and imprisonment. Alexandre Dumas is on a par with Walter Scott for creating novels filled with intrigue, mystery, action and passion.

Other reviewers have praised Dumas' gift for dialogue. I find that his dialogue is elevated, yet still usually a pleasure to read. It is, however, unlikely to be reflective of the reality of speech of the uneducated peasant characters. On the other hand, his appreciation for human motivations and personlities is superb, his sense of pacing in building suspense keeps the pages turning, and his third person narration style is highly entertaining. His asides to his "gentle readers" lend personal warmth, amusement, and intimacy to his tale.

While this novel does not provide great philosophic depth, that would be equivalent to criticizing shrimp for not tasting like steak. My only real complaint is the overblown romance scenes with the constrained desires, pent up yearning, and prudery of Walt Disney's Cinderella. I suppose this is, to some extent, a byproduct of writing of the topic of sexual attraction during the early 19th century.

Overall, this is a fun tale, full of action, suspense, and enough interesting historical details to keep at bay the gremlins of self-reproach for time wasted through frivolous reading.
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The translator of the Penguin edition, Robin Buss, died only three years after the edition was published. His translation is very readable, and the introduction and notes are helpful. The story itself, although there are no supernatural elements, is essentially a fairy tale, complete with a happy ending. Dumas has an informal, naive style that would never pass muster if used in a novel today, but which I suppose was standard fare in those days. I found it all very charming.

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