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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
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Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 31, 2013 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 12, 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
Dec 05, 2015 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
Sarah Anne
Mar 22, 2017 Sarah Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder! Obsession! Betrayal! Tulips!

This book was such a delight. After the murder of two men, the DeWitts, Cornelius van Baerle is accused of crimes against the state and they lock him up and throw away the key - right into the hands of a cruel and abusive jailer.

Cornelius has been working on developing the black tulip, which is both a labor of love and a task that will win him 100,000 florins if he succeeds. After Cornelius is imprisoned he falls in love with the jailer's daughter, Rosa. Thank
Jul 14, 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
Eric Kinney
Jun 27, 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
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 ۱۶۷۲ 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

Jul 07, 2009 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
You know how people watch comfort tv-shows or eat comfort food? Well, I find that Dumas is my comfort reading. When I want to read a good story, a good adventure with a good plot, characters I can root for or characters I can hate without remorse, I go to Dumas. He's a bit like that grandfather who's been everywhere in the world and tells the best stories.

Here he goes on to do all this, perhaps a little less successefully than usually: the plot takes a bit to start and I found the beginning a b

It has been a long time since I've read anything from Alexandre Dumas and so I was looking forward to this novel. 

The Black Tulip takes place in Holland, not France, and is on a much smaller scale than expected. Dumas usually paints on a huge canvas but not this time. The first few chapters do deal with exploding events, but very soon, the narration zooms in on the burgeoning love between an obsessed tulip grower and a courageous and intelligent girl, and a mythical flower. 

I loved the langua
Jul 01, 2013 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-pt, 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
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 :)
Feb 08, 2017 gaudeo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set some years after the famous tulipomania in Holland, this story nevertheless revolves around the cultivation of that rarest of flowers the black tulip. Dumas conjures up the story of three fictional characters whose lives happen to intersect with those of real persons of the time, including William of Orange. It's a charming story, and provides cause to ruminate on the creation of art, but its chief value, in my opinion, is in giving the reader a broad glimpse into Dutch life of the period.
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 !!

Marisa Fernandes
"A Túlipa Negra" é uma história de inveja, roubo e mentira, mas também é um exemplo de que quando se chega ao fim o contrário de tudo isto pode vencer. Alexandre Dumas faz com que tudo gire em torno da túlipa negra (até o amor), tão dificil de obter e, por isso mesmo, tão preciosa.

Longe de ser uma obra complexa, a beleza de "A Túlipa Negra" encontra-se na simplicidade da escrita de Dumas. Nos títulos que antecedem cada capítulo de forma clara e orientadora do rumo desta história que se passa no
Feb 05, 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
Nunca pensei que fosse gostar tanto *.*

I'm still half inebriated with this book! I devoured it!!
The book begins with political intrigues of the time in which they are involved godfather and friend of Cornelius Van Baerle, our main character, and that lead us to understand why it was inadvertently involved see the same political intrigue. To start when I read in political intrigue synopsis twisted my nose, I thought it would be an issue that would not go at all interested in me, but I actually li
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
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.
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 !
Renee M
Apr 26, 2015 Renee M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Starts with some grisly, heart-stopping history, then becomes a rather sweet romance.
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

Feb 08, 2012 Rasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those who have suffered much, have a right to be happy
Apr 06, 2017 Nadja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
I really loved it!
Mimi Wolske
May 24, 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
Jun 02, 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
Mar 04, 2013 Eman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
There is something about Alexandre Dumas' writing that greatly appeals to me, and with the Black Tulip I cannot quite figure out the appeal. This is a very good book, but most certainly not good in the sense of a modern book. By that I mean, this is not a fast paced story, and on the surface it seems rather lame. Still, this is a very good book even with its steady and slow pace filled with stupid characters and good characters and a plot centering around a black tulip which all amazingly flowed ...more
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas fils.

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 h
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