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This review is from: The Black Tulip (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
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.
We can only now hope that Robin Buss eventually translates the Dumas 'musketeer' novels...