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The Black Tulip

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Amazingly Fulfilling in 200 Pages

Similar premise to my favorite book 'The Count of Monte Cristo', 'The Black Tulip' delivers a story of Murder, Envy, Love, and Triumph without disappointment. Halfway through the book I found myself staying up till 4:30 in the morning not able to put it down until I kne...
Similar premise to my favorite book 'The Count of Monte Cristo', 'The Black Tulip' delivers a story of Murder, Envy, Love, and Triumph without disappointment. Halfway through the book I found myself staying up till 4:30 in the morning not able to put it down until I knew how it ended!

posted by Anonymous on June 1, 2008

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Expected Much More

When I was young I remember discovering a black tulip a mail order catalogue my mother routinely received. I could not imagine a black flower. Later I had an opportunity to spend time in Holland and fell in love with tulips. So, when Alexandre Dumas was the selected ...
When I was young I remember discovering a black tulip a mail order catalogue my mother routinely received. I could not imagine a black flower. Later I had an opportunity to spend time in Holland and fell in love with tulips. So, when Alexandre Dumas was the selected author for an author reading group I chose The Black Tulip since I knew most people would gravitate toward his more well known work. I was sorely disappointed.

The Black Tulip contains components that typically I find enthralling. The story begins with the historical event of a lynch mob killing Cornelius and Johan DeWitt for reportedly colluding to have William, the Prince of Orange, assassinated. Cornelius' godson, Cornelius van Braele, is arrested as a conspirator. The evidence against van Braele is given by his jealous next door neighbor who does not want van Braele to succeed in producing a prized black tulip for which a hefty award has been promised by the Horticulture Society of Haarlem

Why did I rank it so low? While, it is a real struggle to get past the first four chapters I prefer the beginning to the rest of the book. I found the majority of the story to be simplistic and superficial with two-dimensional characters. Secondly, there was an abundance of historical inaccuracies. I was not as hard on this book as I usually am on this aspect because I understand that research was much more arduous at this time than today and the translators do a decent job of pointing out the inaccuracies in the notes. Finally the obvious archetypes assigned to various characters were frustrating to me, making much of the story too predictable.

posted by regina77004 on April 6, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Kylie

    Its reakly biring at sl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Ram

    Catches them. ".......um, I meant irl, but, um, thanks........"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Storm

    Pooooootatoes. O.o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Darkness

    Meh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Selene

    Kk. But i have to convince the hospital staff to let me use the phone.......

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    IT WAS ok

    ok so i thought that because i loved the count of monte cristo, i would love this book too...but it wasnt what i expected it to be..it was kind of boring, but i had to read a book for school, so i continued reading it out of respect for Dumas..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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