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4.0 von 5 Sternen My thoughts on the book, The Black Tulip.
Yes, William of Orange is very much like the Cardinal in The Three Musketeers. I read a novel on Alexandre Dumas called The King of Paris. This novel claims he was often accused of publishing other people's works. He did this just to get them published under the Dumas name. However, this book called The Black Tulip was written by no one other than Dumas. The Dumas'...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Everyone has an off day
I find it amazing that the same man who wrote such literary masterpieces as "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Three Musketeers" could also write "The Black Tulip." I can only assume that it was written either very early, or very late in Dumas' career, or that he really needed the money.
"The Black Tulip" is the story of...
Am 19. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht


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4.0 von 5 Sternen My thoughts on the book, The Black Tulip., 11. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Yes, William of Orange is very much like the Cardinal in The Three Musketeers. I read a novel on Alexandre Dumas called The King of Paris. This novel claims he was often accused of publishing other people's works. He did this just to get them published under the Dumas name. However, this book called The Black Tulip was written by no one other than Dumas. The Dumas' were decendants of French Huguenots as were the DeWitt(e)s. Many persecuted Calvinist families fled France to the low countries (Holland). Dumas' interest in my ancestry compelled him to write a historical novel using true events. It is said that this was not a case where Catholics persecuted the Protestants, but two Calvinist parties in a conflict. The House of Orange fought to remain under monarchy rule while the DeWitts fought to advocate a free republic. It is also said that the man accused of causing this rioting mob, was later paid a royal pension. We DeWitts dropped the e, it was silent anyways. Our reunions claim a common ancestor named Tjerck C. DeWitt was a first cousin to Johan and Cornelious. Tjerck's father was Nicholas and he had a brother Jacob. Jacob was the father of the two brother DeWitts hacked to pieces in August of 1672. Now, the French Philosopher Voltaire used the two brother DeWitts in his writings. Once in explaining a doctorine of Hell. Perhaps Dumas, the ornry cus, was simply trying to outdo Voltaire. Mr. Dumas was a great philosopher, protestant and man to me.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Everyone has an off day, 19. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I find it amazing that the same man who wrote such literary masterpieces as "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Three Musketeers" could also write "The Black Tulip." I can only assume that it was written either very early, or very late in Dumas' career, or that he really needed the money.
"The Black Tulip" is the story of revolutionary Holland in the 17th century, and how Cornelius, the Godson of a political leader killed by angry revolutionaries, is wrongfully imprisoned based on the anonymous accusation of his next door neighbor, who covets Cornelius's ability to grow exceptional tulips. The story revolves around Cornelius who is forced to choose between which is more important to him: his love of tulips; or the love of Rosa, a simple peasant girl who befriended him in prison.
That's it.
Now, I can easily understand how, due to cultural differences, the cultivation of Tulips might have been a more significant part of seventeenth century life than it is today, but even so, its a pretty bland topic. Yeah, if the only other choice you're presented with is the new John Grisham best-seller and you're faced with a two-hour layover in National Airport, this book will definately hold its own -- but I don't think there's enough plot in the book to maintain a even a low-budget Movie-of-the-Week on TBS.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Adventure, romance, and ..... tulips?, 8. März 1997
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This is a wonderful story about the 'tulipmania' of the 1600's and also a staggering look at the violence and chaos of the time. It's central character is young Doctor Cornelius Van Baerle, who is as happy as can be in his own little world of growing tulips and inventing new colors for the flower. He thinks himself void of all enemies, but of course, we know better. There is then an announcement that says that anyone who invents the Black Tulip first, wins a huge monetary award and the recognition the new flower will bring to the winner. This sends all tulips-fanciers everywhere into frantic competiton to see who can grow the Grand Black Tulip. Then, as Cornelius finally perfects his Black Tulip, he is suddenly arrested and sentenced to be executed as an accomplice to the 'traitors' John and Cornelius De Witte. I thought this story was very exciting and though you might think a story that focuses on a flower is strange, if anything, it adds to the charm. There are very interesing characters who are clever and endearing, and whom you care about. I recommend this book to all Dumas fans, adventure lovers, romanticists, and even florists, if you like
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Exciting and Romantic Tale, 13. Juli 1999
In "The Black Tulip", Alexandre Dumas proves again his ability to mix adventure and romance to create an exciting and romantic tale. Although Dumas may have distorted history significantly in this story, the image of late 17th century Holland which he presents is accurate and vivid enough to give the reader a lasting impression of society and culture in this period.
The execution of Jann and Cornelius De Witte and the romance between Van Baerle and Rosa are portrayed with such detail that readers are not likely to forget this book. I strongly recommend this tale to any who love adventure, history and romance.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book, a little bit different from Dumas style, 12. Mai 1998
This is a great book. I love Dumas' writting and this is an example of the variety of situations that he can handle in his stories. I read it in spanish (I'm mexican) and i loved the elegance in the style and the customs. Don't you think William of Orange is similar in some way to Cardinal Richelieu from "Three musketeers"?
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