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The Golden Tulip: A Novel Paperback – November 27, 2007
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Set in Holland during the seventeenth century, this tells the story of the three daughters of Hendrick Visser. Hendrick is an artist painting in Amsterdam, and is a broad fellow in his desires. He adores his wife and children, and while he's very competent at what he does, money just seems to flow through his hands. His wife Anna is more than a little fed up with his behavior, but she loves him very much, and manages to keep their household together. Of their three daughters, the eldest two, Francesca and Aletta, have the most artistic talent, while the youngest Sybylla, is a cheerful butterfly of a girl, dreaming of a life of leisure when she snags a rich husband of her own.
But unexpected tragedy hits when Anna dies giving birth to s stillborn son, and Aletta suffers from a violent encounter in the street. The family is badly scarred by this -- Hendrick focuses more on gambling and drinking, Francesca takes on the chores of mothering her family, Aletta withdraws emotionally, and only Sybylla seems to remain unchanged. But as the three girls mature, we get to see them moving into the wider world of Amsterdam and Delft.
Most of the story centers around Francesca, and her growing talent as an artist.Read more ›
The back of the cover-well you can read it yourself on Amazon- basically describes a young girl going to her apprenticeship slightly before "tulip mania" strikes and talks as if the whole book is about this young girl and her apprenticeship. This is wrong in so many ways. First of all, all the primary characters in the book expect for two were born after "tulip mania" was over. And secondly, this book is about three sisters, not just one girl and last of all, the apprenticeship around which the blurb makes it sound the book revolves doesn't even take place until about 1/3 of the way through the book. So completely disregard the back cover.
This book is about the Visser family, a fictional family living in Amsterdam AFTER "tulip mania" and before the war with Louise IXV, which is lead by a fictional artist named Hendrick. In the beginning of the book Henrick's wife Anna dies, leaving him and his three daughters, Francesca, Aletta and Sybylla, all alone. Francesca and Aletta are determined to be artists like their father but their dreams seem unlikely to come true since Hendrick is also a habitual gambler whose painting sales often do not cover his debts, let alone leave enough to apprentice them. Until the day he paints Francesca as the goddess Flora and catches the eye of a wealthy business man.
Unfortunately this painting, while it brings in a lot of money, brings only bad luck to the family. The man who buys it, Ludolf, becomes obsessed with Francesca and cheats Hendrick into debt so he can have her for his wife, despite her growing attraction to a young tulip grower. Naturally, she knows nothing of this.Read more ›
It is, in fact, Visser's gambling that thrusts his family into circumstances that cause his eldest and most talented daughter, Francesca, to face an uncertain future at the hands of a devious suitor who threatens Hendrick with financial ruin. Both Francesca and her sister, Aletta, have aspirations of becoming painters like their father. After the death of their mother, Francesca is finally allowed to receive training from Johannes Vermeer, her skill in capturing light similar to that of the popular artist. But thanks to her father, a cloud hovers over Francesca's future, Visser's bargain with the devil, ship broker Ludolf van Deventer, robbing the girl of the joy of her apprenticeship with Vermeer. The other sisters suffer for their father's duplicity as well, but all remain loyal and respectful to the man whose self-centeredness will determine their futures.Read more ›
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This story is led by a fictional character, Francesca. Through her a reader gets to experience the 17th century Amsterdam and its rich history, known for great artists and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Geowonderland
Loved the book! The author's accurate portrayal of historic events and the plethora of characters is substantial. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
not the most sophisticated, but I loved the characters and could not wait to get back to it! Like a good Masterpieces Classic series.Published 9 months ago by Lauren
How do you pick a favorite ? I loved every page, learned so many interesting thing's. Vermeer has always been a favorite artist of mine so it added that special side.Published 10 months ago by none
I will start with the biggest drawback. The hardcover I read was 585 pages with small print. The actual size of the book was not overly large but you could have easily used it to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by L. B. Taylor
This was so interesting. I thought it would be boring. But it held your interest all the way through.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer