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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.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Orpington
Plot too confusing, too many characters moving in and out of the story. Had hoped for a historical novel regarding the tulip industry during the 1600. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ms. Ellie
Great easy read beautiful book...can't wait for the movie. A precursor to A Girl With ... And def more interestingPublished 5 months ago by Sadia Ashraf
Kept me up in the middle of the night to finish it. It is a very good read and I fave discovered a new (to me) author on my wife's recommendation.Published 6 months ago by abington