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Cornelius van Baerle, a respectable tulip-grower, lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip & win a magnificent prize for its creation. But after his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in deadly political intrigue & is falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival. Condemned to life imprisonment, his only comfort ...more
Published 1998 by Bastei Lübbe (first published 1850)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 09, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-dutch
”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
Andrei Tamaş
Feb 13, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Laleaua neagră" prezintă punctele slabe ale societăţii olandeze din secolul XVII, mai precis, ale anului 1672, când în Olanda -după cum istoria grăieşte- au avut loc manifestaţii ce priveau oscilaţia între simpatia populară pentru monarhie şi cea pentru caracterul republican al statului (aşa cum era el înţeles în epoca respectivă). Mă rog, acesta e fundalul pe care se desfăşoară acţiunea operei.
Romanul are un caracter romantic în cel mai pur sens al acestui curent, fiind prezente antitezele vă
Jan 07, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexandre Dumas was best known for his historical novels of adventure and romance which blended fact and fiction with real and imagined characters. The Black Tulip wasn't as popular among his critics as his better known works such as The Count of Monte Cristo, but his readers were happy with it when it was first published back in 1850. My book club chose to read it for February, to discuss a classic with some romance, in honor of Valentines Day. And it was a good choice for an entertaining read ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Evelina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μέσα από τις πολιτικές σφαγές που επικρατούν την περίοδο 1672-1675 στην Ολλανδία,ο θεσμός της μοναρχίας επέρχεται,ο Γουλιέλμος της Οράγγης ανεβαίνει στην εξουσία και μια μαύρη τουλίπα ανθίζει.
Τα αδέρφια Ζαν και Κορνέιγ ντε Βιτ,που επιδοκιμάζουν το Λουδοβίκο 14ο της Γαλλίας,αντίπαλο του Γουλιέλμου και αποστρέφονται τη μοναρχία,υποφέρουν γι' αυτή τους την επιλογή και βρίσκουν φρικτό θάνατο.
Ο Κορνήλιος βαν Μπέρλε και βαφτισιμιός του Κορνέιγ,δηλώνει αδιαφορία απέναντι στα πολιτικά δρώμενα και είνα
Sep 03, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, ereader
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
Jul 15, 2015 Afshar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
:در مورد این کتاب در سایتی این توضیح نوشته شده بود

الكساندر دوما اين داستان را در مورد وضعيت سياسي هلند در سال نوشته است و در نوشتن آن از زندگي واقعي "جان" و "كورنليوس دوويت" كه هر دو به اعدام محكوم شدند، الهام گرفته است

داستان تقریبا کوتاهی درباره مردی که پرورش دهنده ی گُل است .وی لاله جدیدی
...می کارد تا در مسابقه زیباترین گُل پیروز گردد

لاله سیاه اسم زیبا و با معنایی است برای رویدادهای کتاب


عاشق این نوع گل لاله هستم
اما راستش نمیدونم اسم رنگش چیه!؟
هر رنگی که باشه فوق العاده است

Eric Kinney
Aug 05, 2013 Eric Kinney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 :)
Jan 26, 2015 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-portuguese, mine
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
Oct 30, 2012 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 !!

Feb 11, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 19, 2010 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 29, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Credo di aver appena trovato un altro autore da aggiungere ai miei preferiti, benvenuto Dumas!
Libro fantastico. Non trovo altre parole... forse sì: divertente, scorrevole, veloce, ironico...
Adoro quando lo scrittore si rivolge al lettore (e lui lo fa spesso), mi fa sentire ancora più partecipe.
Mi è piaciuto davvero tanto.
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

Oct 07, 2014 Rasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those who have suffered much, have a right to be happy
Dragomir Alexandru
Mi-a fost mereu greu să găsesc până și cel mai mic detaliu care să îmi displacă în scrierile lui Dumas, iar Laleaua Neagră nu este o excepție. Mai mult, îmbinarea tematicii florale, domeniu de care sunt atras, nu a făcut decât să îi adauge un strop de farmec operei, îmbinându-se cu intensa poveste de dragoste într-un cadrul politic încărcat de zbucium și revoltă.
Historical Fiction

Superb, simply fabulous. A melt-away-inside-the-book reading experience. I read 1/2 the book in one sitting and could have continued reading to the end but for real life.

A unique love story, the soul-deep devotion of a tulip grower to breed the first black tulip. Mystery, deceipt, love, adventure ... this book has everything a reader would expect from the author of The Count of Monte Cristo.

First of my 2015 to read more of this amazing author, Alexandre Dumas.
رؤى عطاري
Feb 22, 2014 رؤى عطاري rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
مخيبة للأمل لدرجة أنني وصلت الصفحة المائة و الخمسون و لم استطع اكماله !
القصة بالمجمل ربما تحمل فكرة بسيطة لكن اللغة و السرد أقل من أن يصنفا كـ ( جيد )
عزيت ذلك للترجمة ربما لكنني حاولت قراءة الكتاب باللغة الانجليزية و تبين لي ان الكتاب بسيط إلى حد أنني لم أستطع اكماله !
Apr 19, 2015 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
I wasn't certain how I'd feel about this book considering that I'd never heard of it before and it didn't seem to have the popular recognition of some other Dumas titles. Some folks on Goodreads spoke highly of it though and now I'm really glad I read it. I loved this book, and it is now one of my Dumas favorites along with Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers!

Other than the more violent aspects and some of the prison scenes, this book gave me a similar feel as The Secret Garden, anoth
Mimi Wolske
Jun 01, 2015 Mimi Wolske rated it really liked it  ·  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
Asma Fedosia
May 20, 2011 Asma Fedosia rated it really liked it  ·  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
Tempo de Ler
Feb 01, 2013 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2009 Djrmel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic
Dumas had a talent for writing humor into the darkest moments, and tragedy into the brightest celebrations. His stories are thick with overlapping characters and hidden agendas. Some critics mistake those twists of human nature as convelutions for the sake of connvolutions. I think they're more like a literary playground where you're having so much fun you don't realize you're getting a good mental workout. His favorite topics - obsession and envy - are once again the motivation for an author wh ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
I'm not really one for flowers, but the thought of an actual and man-made (scientifically studied and produced) black tulip is pretty cool. With no traces of any color but only jet black on the petals is a very nice thought. I would love to see a black sunflower.

Well, the narration of this novel was priceless. The historical-European sense made it classier for my taste. Which is a good thing by the way. I was thrilled reading every chapter.. That feeling of wanting to read more so you would be
Apr 05, 2016 Wade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
While I still hold The Count of Monte Cristo to be his masterwork, it is similarly exceptional that Dumas is able to write a gripping, page turning novel about a man endeavoring to grow a black tulip. This is the fourth book I've read of his, and while this one is drastically different than the others, it is undoubtedly impressive the way he is able to take the mundane and turn it, by force of his will and skill, into an engaging story that fully drew me in.

This is a short, quick read that is e
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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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