Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “O Mercador Português” as Want to Read:
O Mercador Português
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

O Mercador Português

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  4,700 ratings  ·  514 reviews
Depois do sucesso de A Conspiração de Papel, David Liss volta a recuar no tempo para um momento chave na História: a Amesterdão de 1659, capital do comércio europeu, onde a perfídia impera e até os melhores amigos têm segredos.

Na primeira bolsa de valores do mundo, as fortunas são ganhas e perdidas num instante, e Miguel Lourenço, um judeu que fugiu de Lisboa devido à Inqu
Capa Mole, 336 pages
Published March 16th 2007 by Saída de Emergência (first published November 7th 2002)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about O Mercador Português, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about O Mercador Português

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Sometimes I'm wrong about a book though I hate to admit it. I was almost 100 pages into The Coffee Trader and moaning that I wasn't enjoying the read but had to finish it as it was a book group choice. I knuckled down finally and was pleasantly surprised when very quickly the story just popped off the pages. When all was said and done I thoroughly relished the book, even going back to re-read parts of the beginning.

I honestly think what threw me is that The Coffee Trader is about commodity trad
Allie Whiteley
This isn't quite on a par with A Conspiracy of Paper (his first book), but it very nearly is. The action focuses on the grandfather of Benjamin Weaver (the central character in the aforementioned novel), Miguel Lienzo, a Portuguese Jew living in Amsterdam. At the opening of the novel (May 1659) he is seemingly on the verge of ruin and survives only because of the charity of his brother Daniel, in whose cellar he lodges. But then he gets wind of a wondrous new drink called coffee and it seems as ...more
In the interest of full disclosure, I did listen to an abridged version of this story. In was in no way on purpose, there was nothing on the CD's or box that said it was abridged. Nothing until the end of the last CD actually. Highly annoying, I should have paid more attention.

I think I may have enjoyed the story more if I had the full version but as it was I only thought it okay.
It was a whole lot of boring (which is saying something as I obviously got all the exciting parts) and then the end j
I waited a long time to read this book. It sat on my 'to read' list for a year or so and I took it off, put it back on, never quite sure if I wanted to fit it into my reading schedule.
While I am pleased to have finally conquered the book, finally got it read, I was bitterly disappointed by it.
I don't know if it was the great cover or not (as I have always regarded the cover of this edition as one of my favourites even before meeting the book in the flesh), but I really expected much more poetry
"I guess I'll read this one. It can't possibly be as good as his other two. It's about coffee. Who can write this much about coffee?"

"Ugggggghhhh it's about stocks in coffee. It's not even about coffee coffee?"

"It takes place in Amsterdam? Weed."

"So far this is better than I thought it would be."

"This main character is kind of a douche."

"So is everyone else in this book."

"How the hell does one pronounce Oude Kerk? Is Dutch hard? Think I could learn it? Do I want to learn it? I heard the Netherla
This book was fantastic on so many levels. Liss does an excellent job portraying 17th century Amsterdam, providing a view of a culture that has been considered famously tolerant - and shows the limit of that tolerance. This is an issue that has been famously re-examined recently, about how the Dutch really behaved during The War. And in the past decade, that famous tolerance has been stretched to the limit with the wave of Arab/Muslim immigrants. It's an issue that the Dutch have had to deal wit ...more
Kirsten McKeown
Multiply the business plotting of "Mad Men" by 10, put it into a Vermeer painting, take away the brandy snifters at working lunches and insert a mysteriously alluring brew called "coffee,"--and voila, you have the beginning scenes to a masterpiece stock exchange mystery set in Amsterdam in the 1600s. If you have read the Benjamin Weaver series by David Liss, this book predates those London hijinks--showcasing his father's fortunes as a Portuguese Jewish trader exiled by the Inquisition. Miguel h ...more
Rebecca Huston
The first time that I read this book, I didn't make it past page 20. But when I picked it up last year, I found myself sitting up late at night to find out what would happen next in a tricky world of coffee, dutch merchants, money, and a string of half-truths. Recommended for anyone who wants their historical fiction to be a real challenge -- in a good way.

For a more complete review, please go here:
For the most part I really enjoyed reading The Coffee Trader by David Liss. The main protagonist is Miguel, a Portuguese Jew, living in Amsterdam, and working as a broker in the emerging stock exchange. Miguel and a Dutch woman, Geertruid, scheme to corner the coffee market. Hampering there efforts are Solomon Parido, a wealthy member of the Jewish community, who harbors a grudge against Miguel, and Joachim Waagenaar, a Dutchman who lost everything in a financial deal Miguel brokered for him. Jo ...more
This book is one of the best I have read, however I will say it fit my tastes as well if not better than any book I have picked up in a long, long time.
I enjoy the markets, love coffee, and these two interests played out very well in this story.

It's a historical look at the markets, and if you don't understand puts, calls, you may not enjoy as much. If you are a commodities trader I think you will be thrilled by this book.

However there is some anti semitic history in this book based on the perio
It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible. If you find you want to read this book, I won't stop you but I will warn you there are other books out there. Books that are probably more deserving of your time.

The characters in this book were blah. They were just there because a story requires people. I didn't care what happened to them. They could have all tragically died at the end and I don't think it would have really bothered me.

What did save this book was the obvious knowledge the author has of 17t
This is a very strong book to read. By that, this book has depth. As a historical novel, you want some glimpse into the world as it was so that you leave with some factual understanding of that period admidst the fiction. In Coffee Trader you learn a great deal about Amsterdam, the center of finance in the 1600's.

You also learn of the flourishing jewish community free of the inquisition and how that atrocious institution changed the attitudes of the people it persecuted to a degree. This is han
The Coffee Trader is a wonderful story of intrigue set on the exchange in 17th century Amsterdam. I would recommend the novel purely on its ability to draw the reader into this very specific historical setting, the world of Portuguese immigrant Jews living in this cosmopolitan trading community. Likewise, I would recommend it to any finance geeks for its detailed descriptions of how the Dutch markets functioned.

Going beyond its standing as historical fiction, however, the novel presents a fabul
“It rippled thickly in the bowl, dark and hot and uninviting. Miguel Lienzo picked it up and pulled it so close he almost dipped his nose into the tarry liquid. Holding the vessel still for an instant, he breathed in, pulling the scent deep into his lungs. The sharp odor of earth and rank leaves surprised him; it was like something an apothecary might keep in a chipped porcelain jar.”

David Liss is fast becoming a rival to my top historical fiction authors. I sat down with this book (luckily on
Cool facts.

In 1723 a young officer in the Grench army, Gabriel Mathie de Clieu, carried one precious coffee plant in a glass-framed box as he headed for duty in Martinique. His ship was becalmed for many days in the mid-Atlantic, meeting a water shortage for the entire voyage. For more than a month de Clieu shared his frugal ration of life-giving water with the frail coffee tree. Arriving finally in Martinique, the Frenchman planted his treasure among some protective thorn bushes. By the beginn
never intended to return to David Liss so soon. No doubt, A Conspiracy of Paper was phenomenal -- but I have two Bernard Cornwell novels just awaiting to be read! There's something compelling about Liss' genre, though: I've never encountered a thriller set in the business world before, let alone one steeped in the exciting history of Age of Discovery-era Europe. The Coffee Trader is another contribution to that setting, though here Liss moves to Amsterdam, where young Miguel Lienzo -- the uncle ...more
This was an interesting thriller/historical fiction novel about Amsterdam's commodities exchange in the late 1600s. The main character Miguel Lienzo took refuge in The Netherlands after living as a Secret Jew in Portugal where the force of the Inquisition had become too great a threat. Although Miguel was initially successful in Amsterdam’s markets, the novel begins with him juggling debts to his self-righteous brother as well as others in the community. Having lost his fortune in the sugar mark ...more
A friend lent this book to me. If she hadn't included it in a stack of books, I would never have picked it up. As it was, I almost put it down as abandoned many times during reading. The only thing that kept me going to the end was the thought that I would have to say something about it when I returned the book!
The story takes place in Amsterdam in the 1700s. It's about the "exchange," basically the ancestor of Wall Street. So everyone's lying and conniving and making wagers based on rumors and
"The Coffee Trader" takes place in 17th century Amsterdam, at the dawn of the coffee trade in Europe. The setting and characters are so well developed that you even find yourself rooting for some downright duplicitous folks. And the best part is that the story worked on me like coffee. I would lie down tired and once I started reading, I was wide awake. This was a clever, no brilliant, page-turner, and it was just what I needed after reading so much mediocre stuff (unintentionally, of course). I ...more
Joy H.
Setting: The Netherlands in the 1600s

The story and the well-drawn characters kept me reading but the plot was a bit confusing to follow. Who was tricking whom? Things became convoluted after a while as the many characters wove themselves into the plot. Also, the stock trading manipulations made dull reading, especially because I didn't quite understand them.

The suspenseful atmosphere kept things interesting enough. The idea that coffee was a mysterious new product in the 1600s engaged my interes
A very interesting topic and a different location from the usual-Amsterdam, The netherlands. A group of Jewish refugees from the Inquisition in Portugal, have settled in the city where the Dutch are very open in their religious views. One of the refugees, a mna named Miguel becomes interested in making money by trading in coffee futures. The ups and doens in his life make for interesting reading, but I failed to see the mystery involved in the book. 3.5 stars.
Dec 30, 2010 Elli rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: financial conspiracy mystery lovers.
Set in Amsterdam during the 17th century Inquisition, a refugee is the main character. Coffee was just catching on, but the ins and outs of the organized financial exchange were as competitive and deadly as any other period of history of which the Dutch Jews were much a part of. Well researched, well written, good characterizations. Financial conspiracy main theme, lots of themes involving concerns of the place and period running cross current.
A wonderful novel amongst the Jews of Amsterdam at the dawn of the 17th Century, refugees from the Spanish Inquisition and Eastern Europe who've come to the newly independent United Provinces (the Netherlands) to enjoy its unprecedented (if never easy) religious tolerance and the incredible opportunities and perils of the financial markets at the birthplace of modern global capitalism.

This being a well written novel, the financial transactions that serve as much of the action do not require any
Probably some spoilers in here for those intent on reading the book. The Coffee Trader provides a wonderful historical setting - Amsterdam in 1659. It involves the commodity exchange, the Portguese Jewish community escaped from the Inquisition and becoming prosperous among the Dutch, and the first arrival of coffee. The descriptions of coffee and its usefulness for business are wonderful (and made me go and prepare a thick cup of joe for myself). Miguel Lienzo, once bankrupted is trying to rema ...more
Since I've been to Amsterdam, it was great to read about places and landmarks that existed hundreds of years ago. A good story, with lots of historical details from clothing to housing to Jewish customs. It makes you think, what did people first think of coffee (mixing it with wine?), and considering they drank beer as a regular beverage, the caffeine must have really got their nerves jangling. I knocked off a star because I was getting confused over the puts and calls of the scheme but if you u ...more
Nancy Oakes
It was good, not great, and I'd recommend it to people who are interested in the history of Jews in Europe during the Inquisition and beyond, or if you're interested in getting a down and dirty look at the way capitalism operates.

The whole time I was reading this I was thinking of this game I used to play with my kids when they were younger called "Diplomacy." In that game you set up alliances and made deals, but you didn't have to honor them, and so you never really knew who your friends were
With all my other obligations lately, I have been so tired that I have not been up to my usual readable self...

The Coffee Trader is keeping me engaged! During this story, Amsterdam has already emerged as the center of the world's trade, attracting merchants from every land of importance. This is the story of Miguel, and many other characters of Jewish decent, who escaped to Amsterdam from many countries for religious freedom. Amsterdam drew these immigrants into the trade and commodities busines
The novel moved so s...l...o...w! The build-up was slow, the story didn't take off until you were halfway through the book, and the climax was short and not worth the wait. The ending was predictable, except one small part that left me with my mouth literally hanging open, and the entire novel was over my head in terms and chattering about business, money, and commerce.
Miguel, a Jew merchant in Amsterdam, has recently struck out on the Exchange when his sugar deal went bad. Now, he's back in ac
The Coffee Trader is the first book I have read by David Liss. I enjoyed reading about the Amsterdam commodities exchange of the 1600's. The main character, Miguel Lienzo, a trader who has recently had a run of bad fortune on the exchange, envisions a means of gaining riches and finds that he is not quite a astute at judging character as he believed. There are twists in the book as Miguel decides who he can trust and who is plotting against him. The story is interesting, but I didn't find most o ...more
sarah gilbert
The hum of Amsterdam in the 17th century had my heart whirring with excitement; the characters were complex and lead interesting, finance-tangled lives. Coffee is dear to me, and the trade of agricultural products through the ages is a fierce interest. Nice stock-market-floor action was intriguing, too. This book was surely a page-turner; I read the end all in a rush, up 'til 3 a.m. one day. But in the end I closed the book with great disappointment.

The author chose to dispatch with many of the
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Eye of the Raven: A Mystery of Colonial America (Duncan McCallum, #2)
  • The Bellini Card (Yashim the Eunuch, #3)
  • Days of Atonement (Hanno Stiffeniis, #2)
  • Stone's Fall
  • The Thief Taker
  • Vienna Blood (Liebermann Papers, #2)
  • The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz
  • Angels in the Gloom (World War I, #3)
  • The Darkening Field (Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev, #2)
  • The French Mistress: A Novel of the Duchess of Portsmouth and King Charles II
  • The Floating Book
  • Lost Nation
  • The Merchant's Partner (Knights Templar, #2)
  • The Pale Blue Eye
  • The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (The Sephardic Cycle, #1)
  • The American Boy
  • The Religion  (Tannhauser Trilogy, #1)
  • Tulip Fever
I am a novelist living in San Antonio, Texas, though, for the record, I am not from Texas. I just live here. I have four novels published: A Conspiracy of Paper (which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) and A Spectacle of Corruption were both national bestsellers. They are set in 18th century London and feature Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish former pugilist, thief-taker for hire. Weaver will be ...more
More about David Liss...
A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver, #1) The Whiskey Rebels The Devil's Company (Benjamin Weaver, #3) A Spectacle of Corruption (Benjamin Weaver, #2) The Twelfth Enchantment

Share This Book