La tulipe noire

La tulipe noire To Have Discovered The Black Tulip, To Have Seen It For A Momentthen To Lose It, To Lose It Forever Cornelius Von Baerle, A Respectable Tulip Grower, Lives Only To Cultivate The Elusive Black Tulip And Win A Magnificent Prize For Its Creation But After His Powerful Godfather Is Assassinated, The Unwitting Cornelius Becomes Caught Up In Deadly Political Intrigue And Is Falsely Accused Of High Treason By A Bitter Rival Condemned To Life Imprisonment, His Only Comfort Is Rosa, The Jailer S Beautiful Daughter, And Together They Concoct A Plan To Grow The Black Tulip In Secret Dumas Last Major Historical Novel Is A Tale Of Romantic Love, Jealousy And Obsession, Interweaving Historical Events Surrounding The Brutal Murders Of Two Dutch Statesman In With The Phenomenon Of Tulipomania That Gripped Seventeenth Century Holland

Alexandre Dumas fils.Alexandre Dumas, p re 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 novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne were serialized Dumas also wrote plays and magazine articles, and was a prolific correspondent Excerpted from

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  • 246 pages
  • La tulipe noire
  • Alexandre Dumas
  • English
  • 17 September 2019
  • 9780140448924

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  1. says:

    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 French King, but those letters had been safely deposited with his godson Cornelius van Baerle This evidence, if obtained, would have insured a frog march to the executioner and a swift separation of their heads from their bodies If only they had been so lucky The mob, you know those people that we buy our fruit, our clothes, our meat from, who build our cabinetry, customize our clogs, and bake our bread, were unhappy with the verdict of exile They wantedblood With a bit of sinister machination by a rather villainous depiction of William of Orange the mob gets their chance at the very moment the brothers are attempting to comply with their sentencing The Mob Image from the Folio Society edition And everyone wanted to strike a blow with a hammer, a sword or a knife, everyone wanted to have his drop of blood and tear off his scrap of clothing.When the two bodies were thoroughly beaten, thoroughly dismembered, and thoroughly stripped, the mob dragged them naked and bleeding, to an improvised gibbet, where amateur executioners hung them up by the feet Meanwhile our hero, Cornelius van Baerle, continues to pursue what he loves best, growing tulips He has a genius for it He grafts, mulches, and cultivates his bulbs with the same precision as a master violinist moves his bow across the strings The science of tulips is his to command When the tulip society offers a 100,000 guilder reward for the first gardener to create an unblemished black tulip Cornelius is elated not for a chance to win the money, but for the challenge of creating the perfect black tulip Little does Cornelius know, but he has a nemesis, one too close for comfort In fact Mynheer Isaac Boxtel lives right next door He was once a well respected gardener, but since his rich neighbor van Baerle decided to take up the challenge of raising tulips his own gardens have been neglected He has no time to garden for all of his spare moments are spent with a telescope to his eye watching every movement of his illustrious neighbor He gnashes his teeth and pulls his hair with every breakthrough that Cornelius achieves with each new specimen of tulip excellence Boxtel enraged Image from the Folio Society edition How many times, in the midst of these torments which no words can convey had Boxtel not been tempted to leap into the garden by night and ravage the plants, devouring the bulbs with his teeth and even sacrificing the owner himself to his fury if the man should dare to defend his tulips But to kill a tulip, in the eyes of a true gardener, is such a ghastly crime while to kill a man well, perhaps Yet thanks to the progress that van Baerle was making daily in an art that he seemed to be acquiring by instinct, Boxtel was driven to such a paroxysm of rage that he considered throwing sticks and stones into his neighbour s tulip beds Boxtel becomes the source of much misery for van Baerle for that telescope revealed much than secrets about tulips Cornelius is arrested and evades a similar fate as his uncles when a last second sword in the air ready to descend reprieve arrives His sentence is commuted to life imprisonment When he was arrested he had time only to grab three offsets of a bulb that he believes will produce the perfect black tulip As unlikely as it seems, given the dank, despairing environment of prison, he meets an angel in the form of Rosa the daughter of the brutish jailer Gryphus She becomes his confidant, his reason to continue living, and the protector of his greatest creation Rosa and yes that is Boxtel lurking in the shadows Image from the Folio Society edition As the rail of the staircase creaked under the prisoner s heavy hand, the girl half opened the small door of a room which she inhabited in the very wall of the staircase Holding a lamp in her right hand, she at the same time lit up her delightful pink face, framed in splendid locks of thick blonde hair, while with her left hand she drew her white nightdress across her breast.It was love at first sight If Boxtel hadn t in a fit of jealous, depraved behavior perpetrated a plan to destroy his enemy, Cornelius would have never met the love of his life Sigh Sometimes one has suffered enough to have the right to never say I am too happy Now the plot revolves around the fate of three tulip offsets and Boxtel s nefarious attempts to steal them Rosa is thrust into the maelstrom of tulip craziness not seen since the crash of the tulip market back in 1637 She loves Cornelius, but can not be certain if his love for her eclipses his love for his tulips I would love to tell you , but I don t want to take any chances of imperiling the enjoyment of discovery each of you will experience when you follow this plot to it s frenzied conclusion One danger you will not be able to avoid is the sudden desire to obtain and plant the most dazzling display of tulips that can be concocted from the twisted minds of those brilliant Dutch gardeners Enjoy If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    This is a brilliant piece of work by Alexander Dumas The story holds many themes love, courage, honesty and jealousy and Dumas has woven all these themes in to one of the history s most beautifully said stories The story mainly revolves around Dr Cornelius Van Baerle, a tulip grower who has been wrongly imprisoned, and his journey of sheer courage to see his dream for the production of a black Tulip become a reality His dream was aided by Rosa Gryphus, the jailer s daughter who becomes the love of his life I loved both the male and female lead characters They somehow left an everlasting impression on me by their courage to face hardships and cruelty, their love and devotion to each other, and their honesty even to the extent of incriminating themselves I can without a doubt say they will be yet another addition to my favorite character couples in classics Dumas had written the villainous characters of Gryphus, the jailer and Boxtel, the jealous rival tulip grower so well that my only regret was that they were not within my reach so that I could strangle them for all the pain they caused to Cornelius and Rosa Although Cornelius is said to be the hero of the book, I felt there was a active heroine at play in the character of Rosa Her strong love for Cornelius drives her through all obstacles with a courage and strength of that of steel, never yielding and finally ensuring justice is done to him The start was tight with first few chapters touching on a bit of gruesome history but once past that, it was extremely interesting I loved every moment of the read Having read so many different books, it takes such a book to shake my composure, but this one certainly did I really did not want it to end and quite sad that it finally ended.

  3. says:

    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 covetousness All intertwined with history.This is a little known book, hidden on the shelves behind The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo Forget those for now, and read this one I ll bet that you won t regret it.

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    3.5 rounded up.Nothing makes me feel like a youngster again quite like reading Dumas He is a consummate storyteller and when you are reading the story is everything, you are immersed in it, you are suffering the confinement and the injustice and the suspense The romance is necessary, but not terribly realistic, but then Dumas strength is action and it is his male characters who seize and keep your interest Nobody watched Errol Flynn movies to see the fainting heroineshe was his prop.This degree of fervor over a tulip might seem extreme, but it is, in fact, based on the history of the time Holland had tulip fever that amounted to a mania Dumas certainly put this to good use in his plot development and the creation of the fanatic, Boxtel A fun read for me and just right for reading between tasks at this time of year.

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    Obra t pica do romantismo franc s com um pano de fundo real centrado na hist ria da Holanda no s c XVII, no auge do fasc nio pelo cultivo e comercializa o das tulipas.A tentativa de cria o de uma nova tulipa, perfeita e imaculadamente negra, serve de pretexto para uma hist ria de mist rio, inveja, persegui o e paix o Os cap tulos s o curtos e terminam sempre de modo a deixar o leitor ansioso pela continua o, as personagens n o s o muito aprofundadas, h sim, o cuidado de real ar as caracter sticas positivas ou negativas que ir o criar empatia ou avers o junto do leitor Tem uma bom ritmo e a hist ria vai fluindo de forma equilibrada e bem humorada Ali s, as situa es caricatas que cobrem de rid culo o vil o, s o deliciosas, e s o tamb m uma forma eficaz de aligeirar os acontecimentos mais dram ticos.

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    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 that was also informative This was a story of passion and obsession, love and hatred, fidelity and duplicity, regret and redemption And it all began with the political atmosphere of that time in Holland during 1672, when Cornelius de Witt, accused of treason and sent into exile, was brutally assassinated along with his brother, an event which truly occurred under unthinkable circumstances Against this historical backdrop of political unrest, flowers the fictional story in this book of de Witt s godson, Cornelius Van Baerle, as told by an omniscient narrator who at times addressees the reader with quips and asides Cornelius Van Baerle, 28, an independently wealthy doctor and painter, in reaction to the madness in the world around him, decides to devote his life to cultivating beauty in the face of such ugliness as what befell his godfather And so, when a contest with a large prestigious award arises, calling for the discovery of the elusive black tulip, it s just the thing to absorb Cornelius for years Unfortunately, unknown to him, his neighbor, Boxtel, a less talented horticulturist, also covets the prize and will do anything to obtain it, consequences to himself or others be damned So when Boxtel learns Cornelius might be on the verge of cultivating a black tulip, stealing the prize out from under him, he hatches a plan which lands the unsuspecting Cornelius in the same shoes and same jail cell as his godfather, accused of treason and facing execution But unlike his godfather, he is to spend his life imprisoned for what remains of it What follows is an increasingly farcical story centering on Cornelius continuing his cultivation in prison of what might be the first black tulip in history He is aided by his jailer s daughter, Rosa, a possible rival when it comes to the love of his tulip Will Cornelius succeed or fail, both in tulip growing and in love Will he forever lose his freedom or end up losing his life instead Or will he just lose his lust for life when things take a turn for the worse And what of Boxtel Will he succeed in winning the coveted prize for himself by means fair or foul, and at what cost to himself and to others These are questions you ll find answered in this humorous, but dark story, of both the breaking and the making of the human spirit Along the way, you ll learn some political history concerning Holland and the craze known as tulipmania which peaked during that time You ll also learn some fascinating facts about tulip cultivation and how it takes six years for a tulip to journey from seed to flower And in case you re wondering if such a thing as a black tulip ever existed, my research says no, though people have come very close with cultivating the darkest of purples Come on board for this unusual story and take a trip through much zaniness amongst the serious elements to find out how it ends.

  7. says:

    What I like with Alexandre Dumas is that he s easy to read, despite the facts that he s clever, he always made historical researches for his historical novels or plays and had a good knowledge of men hearts, minds and behaviours The only thing that he misses is the knowledge of women Most of time, and wouldn t say all the time, because I like Alexandre Dumas most of the times, his female characters are secondary and only cute and kind But, nevermind for me, I m a weak reader in front of a great storyteller So it s the first time I read The Black Tulip.Interesting era in the background of the story, a hero who s only a tulip fancier, political intrigues, murders, jealousy, and love The Black Tulip is deliciously rocambolesque sorry, this word doesn t seem to exist in English it could be fantastic, incredible or awesome , it s adventure, love, a story for the pleasure of the story, it s Dumas Add to this passages which shows the great writer like Dumas, in a simple writing, explains us the progression of the thought of a jealous man It s perfectly thought and shown by Dumas Cf first line from Chapter 6, The Hatred of a Tulip fancier.Like the description of a tulip growing, same chapter.What I like is to recognize Dumas thoughts and personal life in his books like He s a man in a hurry who doesn t have time to dwell on details and descriptions that he considers than secondary chapter 6 In a word, could have said Dumas, if you want to know about tulips, do it by yourself, reader This makes me smile I can also recognize Dumas in the great worker who s Cornelius in his life, Dumas travelled, had mistresses, gave parties, but he always worked a lot He wrote his first play, Christine, as he already had a job as a secretary for the Duc d Orl ans to earn money for him and his mother, then, once he could live with his writings, he woke up early and organized his days around his work which was enormous.I also recognize Dumas the hunter at the end of chapter 6 On chapter 7, The Happy Man makes Acquaintance with Misfortune, here we have Dumas the generous, the man who gave without counting, and here are some examples taken from his life One day, Dumas the father had invited friends for dinner One of the friends, a famous writer, Emile Bergerat, doesn t know one of the guests and discreetly asks to Dumas the son Who s this man Dumas the son answers I don t know, one of my father s friends Ask him That s what Emile does, and Alexandre Dumas father answers I don t know, one of my son s friends, maybe, ask him Another example, one day, as Dumas was in Florence, Italy, a German Priest knocked at his door and says You don t know me I m just a simple Priest My dream is to visit Roma I ve come all this way from Germany, thought I had spared enough money, but now I m broke and I can t reach Roma Could you please lend me some money for my trip there and back to Germany And Alexandre Dumas gave him that what he needed, pleased to help this man he didn t know.And on chapter 11, how brillant is the judges deliberation And how, once again, in their conclusion, I find Alexandre Dumas and the little regard he has for the little chiefs those who are incapable of taking a decision by themselves, who always refer to a superior and hide behind orders, timidly Dumas suffered, while working in the administration of the Duke of Orleans, several small chiefs and he doesn t hold them in great esteem, just as he doesn t hold in great estime the judges in this chapter 11.And how I like Dumas humour A little example in the last sentence of chapter 13.And in the chapter 16, Dumas plays with his characters Rosa and Cornelius to amuse us, readers, and it s a pleasure Somes ays it s easy romance I answer, yes, maybe But who doesn t need a bit of love, as light as a flower petal, in his life And, think about that Dumas wrote when he was maybe 46 or 48 Isn t it enviable to be able, at 48, when you have lived as much as the author, to be able to be as starry eyed as a young girl, to allow yourself, although you re a giant, to be romantic and young For my part, I m a fan Ah, Dumas Could I have believed I take such a pleasure only by watching a flower growing You have put so much in this simple flower love, suspense, jealousy, intrigue.And Rosa I apologize for having first thought she would be insignificant It s a beautiful woman character, who has great qualities intelligence, psychology, finesse, strength She leads the adventure as she leads Cornelius Poor Cornelius who has such tragi comic thoughts on chapter 28, it s so fun And throughout the book, Dumas accompanies us, with his false modesty of good giant who has nothing to prove, as in this sentence, for example This scene which we have tried with poor success, no doubt to present to the eyes of the reader Isn t this a sentence who says Please, readers, tell me I m the best And I find it delicious to hear the voice of Dumas two centuries apart And I tell him Dear master, come and speak to my ear again and again.

  8. says:

    Laleaua neagr prezint punctele slabe ale societ ii olandeze din secolul XVII, mai precis, ale anului 1672, c nd n Olanda dup cum istoria gr ie te au avut loc manifesta ii ce priveau oscila ia ntre simpatia popular pentru monarhie i cea pentru caracterul republican al statului a a cum era el n eles n epoca respectiv M rog, acesta e fundalul pe care se desf oar ac iunea operei Romanul are un caracter romantic n cel mai pur sens al acestui curent, fiind prezente antitezele v dit profunde, iubirea platonic , personajele excep ionale n situa ii excep ionale i cum am precizat mai sus orientarea spre istorie.Av nd n vedere faptul c Dumas nu e Dostoievski i nici Fran a nu e Rusia , e de la sine n eles c ac iunea porne te dintr un cerc aristocratic Totu i, ea nu r m ne fixat acolo, ci se r sfr nge i asupra plebei Laleaua neagr oximoronul din titlu, poetic vorbind este simbolul n jurul c ruia au loc nt mpl rile, simbolul care une te destinele a dou personaje excep ionale Roza i Cornelius Caracterul reprezentantei sexului frumos este unul candid, pur n lipsa lui de educa ie nu de pu ine ori educa ia i face pe oameni mai mult r i dec t buni , fiind, de asemenea, de o frumuse e excep ional Cornelius are dou pasiuni mistuitoare Roza i laleaua neagr S ucid un om mai merge Dar s ucizi o lalea este n ochiul unui adev rat tulipier o crim at t de nsp im nt toare n fapt, Laleaua neagr este un roman care anun pueril, se n elege opera ce avea s apar 12 ani mai t rziu, opera compatriotului lui Dumas Mizerabilii Nimic nu e mai nepl cut pentru oamenii furio i, dec t indiferen acelora contra c rora urmeaz s i descarce furia Zelosul tulipier nu n elegea tot ce se ascunde sub valul acestei indiferen e a s rmanei copile care se sim ea mereu rival cu laleaua neagr Replic prolog pus n gur unui anumit Grotius Unii oameni sufer destul de mult pentru a avea dreptul s nu spun niciodat Sunt foarte fericit P.S.1 A nu se privi orient rile politice ale autorului n acest roman Tind s cred c a redat adev rul istoric, din moment ce prezista relele monarhiei i ale republicii deopotriv , insist nd, e drept, pe greutatea celor dint i.P.S.2 Nu tiu cine Dumnezeu sunt domnii de la editura REGIS GRUP i cine e acest a a zis traduc tor Laz r Marcu, dar au dat o n bar uraaaat de tot Cred c i google translate ar fi tradus mai bine opera din francez Eu unul, nici dac voiam s concep un exerci iu pentru copiii de la primar , cer ndu le s corecteze un text scris gre it, n a fi dat dovad de at ta ingeniozitate.Andrei Tama , 13 februarie 2016

  9. says:

    3.5It 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 language, often over the top, extoling the obsession felt by so many characters over the Black Tulip, and the mocking tone of the narration The couple is endearing but it is Rosa who shines through the whole story Some plot choices towards the end felt jarring to me but apart from this I did enjoy this simple tale It has whetted my appetite for from Dumas.

  10. says:

    The Black Tulip is set in the Netherlands in 1672 It is the story of Cornelius van Baerle and Rosa Gryphus Hindered by some very unfortunate circumstances they join forces to grow the elusive black tulip Whilst it is not precisely historically accurate, I think Dumas did an excellent job to capture the tulip mania zeitgeist For me, it was a very easy to read classic, because of my familiarity with the Dutch language and some of the historic events, but that set aside, it is just a wonderful and passionate story in which you can really sympathize with its characters.5 star rating.

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