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The Black Tulip

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  8,398 ratings  ·  490 reviews
Set at the height of the 'tulipomania' that gripped Holland in the 17th century, this is the story of Cornelius van Baerle, a humble grower whose sole desire is to grow the perfect specimen of the tulipa negra.
Paperback, 258 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1850)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”Contempt for flowers is an offence against God. The lovelier the flower, the greater the offence in despising it. The tulip is the loveliest of all flowers. So whoever despised the tulip offends God immeasurably.”

In 1672 two brothers Cornelius and Johan de Witt (Grand Pensionary/prime minister of Holland) were charged with treason and sentenced to exile. Cornelis had been tortured with the hope that he would confess to plotting with the French king.

He did not.

He had corresponded with the Frenc
Nicole Shelby
I have read this several times. I love the complexity of it, as well as it's simplicity.

If you are into love stories - this has a great one - of loyalty, devotion, and self-sacrifice.

If you are into studies of human nature - here too. It explores mob-mentality, politics, truth as it relates to justice, aspirations of power and the willingness to achieve that end regardless of the cost to others. And, underlying everything, the complete destructive capacity of jealousy. The danger of covetousne
Y'all I am an Alexandre Dumas fan girl. If I could resurrect him and make him be my writer boyfriend, I totally would (sorry boo!). Last summer I read the unabridged Count of Monte Cristo translated by Robin Buss* over a period of two weeks. I am a generally fast reader, especially when I have few work hours, however, I really wanted to savor the experience.
Read the rest of my review here
Eric Kinney

As the first, and in much likelihood, the only romantic novel I will ever pick up this summer, Alexandre Dumas' "The Black Tulip" is one of the most sentimental, endearing classics I've come across, and is probably every botanist's favorite love story if not their favorite book. Taking place in 17th Century Holland, a gifted and passionate florist by the name of Cornelius Van Baerle, has doted his time and inherited fortune on the cultivating of tulips, widely regarded throughout Europe as the
RaNa Adel
Very disappointed !!

I thought it would be more complicated, but it was very predictable and more like "Naive" !

The structure of the novel wasn't that bad, but i think I was expecting more from the writer of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Three Musketeers"

anyway, it was old Romantic Short story .. which i needed at this busy time of year :)
A conclusão realmente fez-me mudar as 3 ou 3,5 estrelas para 4. Não estava nada a suportar aquele Isaac Boxtel e o Gryphus, nossa senhora, que homem tão dado à conspiração. A Rosa e o Cornélius são demasiado amor, gostei deles. A escrita de Dumas deu-me dores de cabeça da primeira vez que tentei ler (ou se calhar não estava no «mood» para tal), tive de o pousar e passar outros à frente. Entretanto, com as tão esperadas férias, este foi o primeiro a estreá-las. Finalmente pude prestar atenção à e ...more
Consider me befuddled. William of Orange is depicted in The Black Tulip as an almost pantomime villain, although bereft of curling moustaches. Whereas Neal Stephenson characterizes Willie as a paragliding badass who saves England in the Glorious Revolution. I’ll ignore period politics and remain bemused, which is an appropriate way to savor this novel. Dumas is masterful at maintaining suspense and creating concurrent narratives that fall into convenient heap for a happy conclusion.

I should add
Feb 11, 2012 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dumas lovers
Recommended to Judy by: Snoozy Suzie
Thank goodness for Goodreads or I never would have known this novella existed. Not being able to imagine a life where I hadn't read everything that Alexandre Dumas wrote is incomprehensible! I spotted it when a friend, Suzie, noted she would be reading it. Consequently, it went on my Christmas list and Santa indulged me by placing it under the Christmas tree just for me. (I am so glad I was a good girl this year.) Things got even better from there, because Suzie agreed to read it with me as a bu ...more
This is a love story. It's about Cornelius van Baerle, who is in love with his tulips (but especially his coveted black tulip bulbs), and who falls in love with Rosa.

It's sweet, which I needed after The Count of Monte Cristo, and it's short, which I also needed. I'll be rereading it, as I like it a lot.

I'm not sure how Cornelius van Baerle fell in love with Rosa, because I couldn't quite tell, but maybe I was reading it too fast. At any rate, a few of the descriptions as to tulip growing were pr
Khawlah Abdullah
لا اتذكر الأححداث بالتفصيل ، لكن الذي لن أنساه ، هو إصرار البطل في الحفاظ على نبتة الزنبقة السوداء وراعايتها حتى النهاية ، برغم كل شيء

Ibrahim Saad

" حق السعادة هو لمن قاسى كثيراً "
حق السعادة .. لمن حافظ على حلمه كالزنبقة السوداء
لمن آمن بهذا الحلم وعمل على رعايته حتى ينمو ويتحقق
السعادة حتى لو كانت مؤقتة ستكون حقاً لهم !!

A beautiful story.
I liked it, but the beginning was very slow.
I had to re-read some paragraphs to actually accommodate with the characters. If you are a fan of the classics, this is a perfect story for you.
3.5 stars from me
Those who have suffered much, have a right to be happy
Tempo de Ler
Holanda, Século XVII. A vida dos irmãos de Witt representa um obstáculo aos orangistas e à tomada de poder por parte do seu mandatário, Guillerme, o príncipe de Orange. Assim, é falsificada a encomenda de um assassinato, o que inflama a fúria do povo e culmina na morte brutal dos dois irmãos à mão justamente daqueles que constituíam a pátria que ousaram tentar defender.
É neste contexto histórico que Dumas nos apresenta Cornélius van Baerle, um homem que, sem saber bem o que fazer ao seu tempo e
Who would have thought that a book about growing tulips could be so exciting? And yet Alexandre Dumas managed to write a compelling page turner based on that very subject. Dumas became one of my favourite authors a few years ago when I read The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers but I had not read any of his lesser-known works until now. I regret not reading The Black Tulip sooner because I enjoyed it almost as much as the two books I've just mentioned.

The book is set in seventeenth
The story was somewhat sweet, but Very predictable. Don’t let the title let you think that this book isn’t actually about tulips, because it is! A man who is devoted to growing tulips is attempting to create the black tulip to win money. His neighbor finds out and gets him sent to prison with a death sentence for something that he didn’t do so the neighbor can steal the tulip and claim the prize money. While in prison the tulip loving man falls in love with the daughter of the prison owner. Toge ...more
Non credo di avere nulla da dire se non: se non avete letto nulla di Dumas correte a rimediare. Ora. Please.
Perché nonostante non sia a livello delle sue opere più famose, questo libro mi è piaciuto tantissimo. Perché tutti i suoi libri scivolano via velocemente, che abbiano 1200 pagine o 250. Perché le sue opere sono piene di personaggi fantastici. Perché in questo libro ci sono tanti riferimenti ai classici.
...scusate il rant, ma la mia obiettività (se mai è esistita) ha deciso di buttarsi
Nour Alsaied
حق السعادة هو لمن قاسى الكثير...
I am finally taking the time to read The Black Tulip--my mother in law's favorite book--and surprisingly I'm enjoying it much more than I ever imagined I would! She's loaned me her childhood hardcover copy, which always make me feel like I can savor it all the more and cherish each thick, yellowed page.

Plus the story is set in Holland and centers around the trials and loves of a young tulip-fancier, so I'm hooked just on setting alone....
Mimi Wolske
Jun 01, 2015 Mimi Wolske rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
One of the reasons I keep coming back to Dumas' The Black Tulip is the way he weaves historical events surrounding a brutal murder into a tale of romantic love. He Excels in historical romances and he has once again manged to bring the past vividly and thrilling to life. This novella is a timeless political allegory that draws on the violence and crimes of history, makes a case against tyranny, and creates a symbol of justice and tolerance: the fateful tulipa negra.

The first few chapters put th
رومولا الن
رغم اني قراءة الروايه اتذكر القليل منها لانها من قراءاتي الأولى لكن ساعيد قراءتها قريبا
This was an excellent book. It contained mystery, suspense and a little romance. The characters were like fairy tales, a hero convicted of a crime he did not commit, the jailors daughter that fell in love with the hero, and a sly evil villain I stayed up late and past my bedtime to see if the main character would be executed. This story moved fast and I could not wait to see how it ended. This story could have been written today. If you offered a huge prize to create a rare flower, I can imagine ...more
Asma Fedosia
May 20, 2011 Asma Fedosia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of French literature
The historical romance set in the Netherlands of 1672-75 between a young man of many accomplishments (doctor, tulip fancier, artist...) and a perceptive young woman is only the surface. The story also alludes to past events in Dutch history, in particular the area's independence from Spain to form the independent state of the Seven Provinces led by William I, the long period of the Dutch Golden Age of blossoming science, art, music, and tulipmania. Towards the end of this age prior to Batavian R ...more
Regina Lindsey
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. Th
Melissa Rudder
The Black Tulip combines Alexandre Dumas and tulipmania. That was all the sales pitch I needed to read it. While it was certainly no Three Musketeers or Count of Monte Cristo, The Black Tulip was the type of book I've grown to expect from Dumas: suspenseful, clever, and engaging. It just wasn't his best stuff.

The product of an artful nineteenth-century author, The Black Tulip has those literary trappings that writers of that century used so well--clever foiling, ironic humor, and detailed descri
Perry Whitford
Holland, 1672. Before he can ascend to the autocratic position of 'Stadtholder', William of Orange has first to repeal the Perpetual Edict which outlawed the role. Using sly political intrigue to disgrace his opponents, the de Witt brothers - the eldest of whom had been his tutor - as traitorous lackeys of Louis XIV, the youngest is tortured and banished, then both are butchered in cold blood by an angry mob. An actual historical event and a shameful one for William and Dutch history, this is th ...more
I've always been in love with tulips and how delicate they are, how about a magnificent Black Tulip?

The events take place in Holland during the tulip-mania era which is the Dutch golden age of the 17th century. A great amount of money is offered as a prize to whoever cultivates a grand black tulip, the thing that nobody had succeeded to achieve before. Here appears the hero.

My first impression of the book was not that great. Reason? I dislike political history, and that's how the first few chapt
I was reading an abridged copy of "The Count of Monte Christo" and I got frustrated with it and just stopped reading it. It was only a third as long as the actual book and lacked a certain charm I'd have guessed the actual book had. It also seemed a little simple for a book so beloved for so long. I was talking with an acquaintance about my frustration with the book lack of layers. When I said it was missing 2/3rds of the original text she cried, "There's your layers!"

Anyways, I put "The Count"
Although I have occasionally contemplated reading some of the Three Musketeers books I have always been put off by their size, especially as I suspect they won't really be 'my sort of book'.

However, as I had recently been reading about the Tulipomania, I thought that I'd give this a go when I saw it in the local library.

On the whole I was pleasantly surprised. It progresses quite quickly and, although fundamentally a sweet love story between a bourgeois tulip grower and gaoler's daughter, by se
Jack Laschenski
The year 1672.

The Netherlands (then called the Seven United Provinces).

The brothers DeWitt are slaughtered by an insane crowd in the Hague. Most of the Seven Provinces are occupied by Louis XIV's armies - the citizens are mad. They believe (in error) that the DeWitt's have sold them out.

The DeWitts between them have been the equivalent of Prime Ministers for many years.

Tulip mania reigns supreme. 10,000 guilders for a single bulb. A huge futures market in tulip bulbs.

The Prince of Orange (the ef
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, 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 no
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