The Black Tulip [NOOK Book]

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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 countrymen — considered by many as one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity.

The main plot line, involving fictional...
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Overview

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 countrymen — considered by many as one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity.

The main plot line, involving fictional characters, takes place in the following eighteen months; only gradually does the reader understand its connection with the killing of the de Witt brothers.

The city of Haarlem, Netherlands, has set a prize of ƒ100,000 to the person who can grow a black tulip, sparking competition between the country's best gardeners to win the money, honour and fame. The young and bourgeois Cornelius van Baerle has almost succeeded but is suddenly thrown into the Loevestein prison. There he meets the prison guard's beautiful daughter Rosa, who will be his comfort and help, and eventually become his rescuer.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148675587
  • Publisher: Romeo Publications
  • Publication date: 9/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 755,367
  • File size: 483 KB

Meet the Author

Alexandre Dumas, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, [dy.ma da.vi də la pa.jə.tʁi], 24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870), was a French writer, best known for his historical novels of high adventure. Translated into nearly 100 languages, these have made him one of the most widely read French authors in history. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later were originally published as serials. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by a scholar and published in 2005, becoming a bestseller. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier.

Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays, which were successfully produced from the first. He also wrote numerous magazine articles and travel books; his published works totaled 100,000 pages, In the 1840s, Dumas founded the Théâtre Historique in Paris.

His father, general Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, was born in Saint-Domingue from a French nobleman and a black slave woman. His aristocratic rank helped young Alexandre acquire work with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.

With the election of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte in 1851, Dumas fell from favor, and left France for Belgium, where he stayed for several years. Upon leaving Belgium, Dumas moved to Russia for a few years, before going to Italy. In 1861 he founded and published the newspaper, L' Indipendente, which supported the Italian unification effort. In 1864 he returned to Paris.

Married, Dumas also had numerous affairs, said to total 40. He was known to have at least four illegitimate or "natural" children, including a boy named Alexandre Dumas after him. This son became a successful novelist and playwright, and was known as Alexandre Dumas, fils (son), while the elder Dumas became conventionally known in French as Alexandre Dumas, père (father). Among his affairs, in 1866 Dumas had one with Adah Isaacs Menken, an American actress then at the height of her career and less than half his age. Twentieth-century scholars have found that Dumas fathered another three natural children.

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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

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    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 June 9, 2014

    Araya

    EXACTLY. BUT WE SHOULD. O~O

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Swag

    Yeap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Att:BN

    Note to BN: Most of the reviews here are actually kids and their fantasy world. I got tired of filing reports and flags about 30 in.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Seth

    Sup guys.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Swag

    Dx *sniffle* That was gorgeous. And your name is great. *she is nommed* ... guys, take a look. We are Legends of Roleplay. .____.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Swag

    :/ Like I said, I'll get on occassionally. x) Seeya, fer now. Both of you better have a Merry Christmas. Bye, for now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Swag

    xD Whaaaaat? *she sits on him, examining a rather sharp piece of happiness.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Finnick

    :3 Now a bad time?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Swag

    I dunno where the Hello Kitty you come up with these, Xavier. But, <br>
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    Yes, we are Legends of Roleplay, characters that cannot be divided even by the realistic horrors haunting every part of roleplay in demonic and deathly forms, and.... oh wait. I cannot top that, that thing that Steven Alexander Hoyt just posted. xDDDD YESSSS WHAT XAVIER SAID!!!!! <br>
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    B

    B

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Cyrus

    Wow. All those C-names. Cyrus, Cobra, Chris, Claire, etc... damn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Cyrus

    Happy Merry Jesus Fest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Sparrow

    Did someone say "fowl language?" o-o Merher. Pheasant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Power Ranger Red-Orange with a hint of Lavender

    Sweg

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