The Black Tulip

The Black Tulip

by Alexandre Dumas
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Overview

The Black Tulip 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, 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 100,000 guilders 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 at last his rescuer.

The novel was originally published in three volumes in 1850 as La Tulipe Noire by Baudry (Paris).

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013962576
Publisher: Mundus Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 234
File size: 607 KB

About the Author

One of the most widely read French authors famed for his historical fiction of high adventure, Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) wrote more than a hundred plays and novels, including the famous Three Musketeers trilogy, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Man in the Iron Mask. His books have been translated into more than 100 languages.

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The Black Tulip 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wimpers, retreating back into the bushes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Wide-eyed, scared stiff. Curled in a closet with his friends. Footsteps, frantic yells. Gunshots ringing through the air. Screams, it seems to be a living he//. Whisper me the truth. Am l going to live? Why are they dead? Is the bad man gonna get me? Is the bad man gonna get me? Whisper me the truth. The worst is yet to come. Shots are fired. The little girl knowing with each one she lost a friend. Her brother. Dead. Her teacher. Dead. Is there anyone left besides me? She says to herself; Whisper me the truth. Am l going to live? Why are they dead? Is the bad man gonna get me? Is the bad man gonna get me? Whisper me the truth. The worst is yet to come. Twenty futures were lost amist the bullets fired. Twenty smiles. Twenty little lives. A victim's four-year-old brother asked, "When is my sister gonna come home, Mommy?" The mom's answer, "She already is home. A better home." These children were each shot at least twice. And the shooter had enough bullets to kill everyone in the school. Six teachers lost their lives protecting their students. The children who were gunned down were only six and seven. Many of them already have presents under their trees that will never be opened. God bless the innocents whose futures were stolen.
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Looks away. "I told my friend about it and he read it and now he's holding a scary story contest. And your story's not that scary. Just a little gruesome."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" this has to be my favorite book. It is absoulutly amazing in every way! Althiugh bi am not yet done, i am completely hooked and cnot put it down!