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The plot of Moggach's 13th novel neatly matches the speculative frenzy of the period, careening from one improbable thrill to the next. It was, to be sure, a time of stunning economic lunacy, when a single Semper Augustus bulb could be sold for "six fine horses, three oxheads of wine, a dozen sheep, two dozen silver goblets and a seascape by Esaias van de Velde." The author expertly dabs in this sort of period detail, and her chapter epigraphs quote some charming 17th-century Dutch sources on morals and conventional wisdom. Indeed, it's these quasi-surreal touches--whales washing up on the coast, chimney pots toppling into the street, women rubbing goose fat into their hands--that make the lovers' overheated sentiments so plausible. "For centuries to come," the narrator says, "people will gaze at these paintings and wonder what is about to happen." Tulip Fever gives us the chance to do exactly that. --John Ponyicsanyi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Oue book group really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and character changes. Colorful language and based on
an event in history.
Too reminiscent of other works written of this period in history.Published 1 month ago by carol a. krebs
I originally read this book about fifteen years ago and loved it ! Heard it was being made into a movie this year with Judi Dench and Kevin McKidd so decided to reread it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MarianneM. Visser
A Great historical read..very tantalizing. Hated for it to end.Published 1 month ago by DR.ELLSWORTH LEVINE
Great story. Shows how people can have the wrong values in life.it also shows that money cannot buy happiness.Published 2 months ago by b2barr
I found this book a bit difficult to read with short chapters, constantly shifting point of view characters, lots of thinking and feeling with little dialog or action. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach follows a young woman named Sophia as she is married to an elderly man, Cornelis, whom she married because her family was poor and needed the money... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rogue18
This period in history is somewhat unique and therefore engrossing. Yet the narrow lives of Amsterdam's wealthy element is rather dull. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer