The Black Tulip [NOOK Book]

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Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But when his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in a deadly political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. His only comfort is Rosa, the jailer's beautiful daughter, who helps him concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. As Robin Buss explains in his informative introduction, Dumas ...
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Overview

Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But when his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in a deadly political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. His only comfort is Rosa, the jailer's beautiful daughter, who helps him concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. As Robin Buss explains in his informative introduction, Dumas infuses his story with elements from the history of the Dutch Republic (including two brutal murders) and Holland's seventeenth-century "tulipmania" phenomenon.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148548447
  • Publisher: Tri-Fold Media Group
  • Publication date: 8/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 569 KB

Meet the Author

Alexandre Dumas, père, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (July 24, 1802 – December 5, 1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, and The Man in the Iron Mask were serialized, and he also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent.
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  • Posted April 6, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    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 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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Witty and surprisingly fun

    Never having read Dumas prior to this, I was pleasantly surprised by the cheeky tone to the book. Amidst the general upbeat feel to the book, however, were a number of profound statements about human nature that made me stop and appreciate the truth for a moment, before continuing to read on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    best thing i've read in a long time

    this was captivating and exciting. not to mention romantic. I couln't put this down. it took a time of tulipmania and made me wish that I could have witnessed it firsthand. Dumas was truely gifted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    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 knew how it ended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    Another example of excellent prose

    The more works of Dumas you read,the more you will recognize his genius. Dumas is the king of suspense in the world of victorian lit. This book and the rest of Dumas's works show his ability to captivate a reader and present a story throgh excitement and suspense. His characters are developed and represent heros of actions and situations. This is a good read. this book is complex enough to be entertaining to and advanced reader yet simple enough for the novice. Another example of French Literatures strong points.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Captivating

    I first read 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and then a friend gave me 'The Black Tulip'. Once I got started, I could not put the book down. It's an intriguing story with fascinating characters which will draw you in from the start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Earthclaw

    Uggggh. Kill me now. *Nazi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Wanna add kits to your clan?

    Adopt as many kits as you want at the orphanage at 'mum' first result!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Petalpaw DONT IGNORE ME!! SERIOUSLY??!!

    My earlier post.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Petal

    FlameClaw! Are you all right?! If only i was allowed to fight! He said a little angrily. Its all right though. I....i can get tje med cat!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Flickerpaw

    Curls up on a smooth rock that was in the sun all day. Sleeps peacefully on it. (Gtg bbt)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    *GASP*

    Demented Vader was here, too?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Moonclaw

    Wanders back to my rock over looking the lake looking at the reflection of stars in the water*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Earthclaw

    Oh come on! *Nonsence!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Rushriver

    *dies* x.x

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Moonclaw (new)

    *A black tom walks through the trees looking at every one. He has a scar around his lift eye in the shape of a cresent moon and that eye is glazed over looking white, his right eye was fine and glowed deep green in the dark*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Earthclaw

    SERIOUSLY!!!!!!! *nonsense. I am such a grammar natzi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Earthclaw

    Welcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Petal

    Posted

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    God

    Hates you.

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