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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.
Amusing but I felt it needed more depth of story line. Interesting bits of Amsterdam history woven throughout the novel however.Published 13 days ago by TKanai
It is a great and fun read. Captures the spirit of its time and has a really unexpected ending. I enjoyed it a good deal.Published 3 months ago by Teri Sierra
Tulip Fever was the first of Deborah Moggach's books that I read and I thought it brilliant. I have read several others of hers and she delivers each time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S Trollip
Woof! What a read! Very short - 68 chapters in 280 pages, lots of empty page space, but what mesmerizing language. Some beautiful passages, nearly took my breath away. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. L Wilson
Great fan of Deborah Moggach's writing, but found this one really tedious and didn't bother to finish it. Perhaps if I had persevered it might have got better.Published 9 months ago by Jane Simmonds-Short
Interesting historical novel. Was not prepared for the surprise near the ending but it made me laugh out loud. LOL.Published 9 months ago by Sharon
Tulip Fever reads like a soap opera. The characters were hard to believe.
It was a book club choice or I wouldn't have read it.
I am a fan of historical fiction, so if you too enjoy this genre, that's a good start. I found this book irresistibly delicious! Read morePublished 11 months ago by jjm
I love all of her books. This one has a great ending. After I read this, I read "Tulipomania." I recommend this book and any of Moggach's books.Published 13 months ago by Dee