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The Black Tulip (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Alexandre Dumas , Robin Buss
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Set at the height of the "tulipomania" that gripped Holland in 17th century, this is the story of Cornelius van Baerle, a humble grower whose sole desire is to grow the perfect specimen of the tulip negra.


When his godfather is murdered, Cornelius finds himself caught up in the deadly politics of the time, imprisoned and facing a death sentence. His jailor's daughter Rosa, holds both the key to his survival and his chance to produce the ultimate tulip.

About the Author

Alexandre Dumas (1824-95) was a pioneer of the Romantic theatre in France, for which he wrote a series of colourful historical dramas, although it is as a novelist that he is best known today. His works include The Three Musketeers (1844-5), La Reine Margot (1845) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-5).

Robin Buss is a journalist and translator. For Penguin, his translations include works by Sartre, Zola and, most recently, The Plague by Camus.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00AQV9G5I
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (24 April 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9H52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 28 Jun. 2008
Format:Paperback
This is a very good translation of the full story with excellent notes to explain the more obscure references - or the references to the classics if these too are unfamiliar. The book is surprisingly fast and gripping. The characters are fully formed with insight into their motivations and actions revealed at just the right time. A beautifully told story - with many memorable phrases. A must for your bookshelf to read again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Floral drama with pizzazz 19 Sept. 2013
Format:Paperback
This was the first book I ever fell in love with as a young teenager, and the first to keep me awake all night reading it. So it has always had a special place in my heart. Reading it again thirty-five years later, I can see why I loved it so much, as it's got everything a dramatically inclined teenager could possibly want: passion; intrigue, wrongful imprisonment; romantic love; and a wonderfully happy ending. Honour is salvaged, the baddie gets his comeuppance and love conquers all. Oh, and all this with tulips too!

Yes, its old-fashioned way of being written takes some getting used to these days, but hey it's all part of the charm. And Dumas has a definite knack of making you want to read on. A wonderful revisiting of my past, all in all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now I keep my eyes peeled for black tulips! 26 Oct. 2011
By Roét
Format:Paperback
I didn't really know how to rate this novel. I have given it 4 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. One of those books where I wish I could take more than an hour for lunch, skip work and continue sitting in a cafe and reading it, but also it was a bit sissy-ish (if I may be so bold) compared to Dumas other swashbuckling novels. This is not to say that an author is not 'allowed' to stray out of his more recognizable style but I found at times the way the characters were described so blatantly like the reader was expected to be a complete nincompoop was slightly irritating. Other than that, I quite enjoyed that the novel was based on a flower. To create something big out of something small, I love that notion.
I say read it! If you're a Dumas fan, even so!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting tale 16 Aug. 2013
By Jan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A beautifully written tale, so descriptive it becomes real. This more than makes up for the realization early in the story as to the ending!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn 8 Oct. 2009
By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are many parallels between this tale of wrongful imprisonment and its better-known predecessor, The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics). One attraction is its relative brevity, and as a previous reviewer has remarked it fairly bowls the reader along at a furious pace.

Dumas recounts his story against the singular background of "tulipomania", which only serves to add zest to the narrative. It is beautifully translated by Robin Buss, who made an equally good job of the Penguin Classics version of The Count of Monte Cristo. Readers who are familiar with the story from earlier versions should take note that this is the full, unabridged version, complete with its remarkably gory prologue which outlines the unfortunate and violent end of the de Witts.

Highly recommended.

We can only now hope that Robin Buss eventually translates the Dumas 'musketeer' novels...
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