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    Alexandre Dumas(Author) 1stworld Library(Editor)

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On the 20th of August, 1672, the city of the Hague, always so lively, so neat, and so trim that one might believe every day to be Sunday, with its shady park, with its tall trees, spreading over its Gothic houses, with its canals like large mirrors, in which its steeples and its almost Eastern cupolas are reflected, - the city of the Hague, the capital of the Seven United Provinces, was swelling in all its arteries with a black and red stream of hurried, panting, and restless citizens, who, with their knives in their girdles, muskets on their shoulders, or sticks in their hands, were pushing on to the Buytenhof, a terrible prison, the grated windows of which are still shown, where, on the charge of attempted murder preferred against him by the surgeon Tyckelaer, Cornelius de Witt, the brother of the Grand Pensionary of Holland was confined.

Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, (July 24, 1802 – December 5, 1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French au-thors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, and The Man in the Iron Mask were serialized, and he also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By Guest on 1 February 2004

    While most of Dumas works travel around a variety of places this book spends most of its time in Holland, a very different place to the France of his other works. The charm this book has for me is that it is typical Dumas in the style of writing and in the detail with which he describes scenes, but it is on a smaller scale then most of his works enabling him to spend a little more time on some of the details. It does share certain plot elements with the Count of Monte Cristo but by centering the story around an obsession with tullips it lends an eccentricity to the story which makes it an easy and pleasant read. I would recommend this to any Dumas fans and indeed to anyone who reads widely.

  • By Dragonfly on 30 April 2013

    A great historical novel and drama set in the time of William of Orange and the Dutch Tulip mania: the story interweaves these two themes as the brutal politics and machinations of William play out while a naive horticulturalist creates a coveted black tulip which will excite venomous rivalry and well... don't want to spoil the book for you! This is the last of Dumas' great novels, and a highly original story and plot. This beautifully illustrated, slipcased Folio Society edition has high quality acid-free paper and sewn binding, and complements Dumas' story perfectly, truly heightening the reading enjoyment.

  • By Didier on 14 August 2012

    Alexandre Dumas is probably best known for The Three Musketeers (Wordsworth Classics),The Man in the Iron Mask (Wordsworth Classics) and The Count of Monte Cristo (Wordsworth Classics) but for some reason or other - perhaps because those novels are all fairly large and I know the stories from several film versions - I decided that 'The Black Tulip' would be my first ever novel by Dumas. The story is fairly simple and straightforward: the brothers John and Cornelius De Witte, political opponents of William of Orange (the future husband of James I's daughter Mary and king of England) are brutally murdered by a mob. Their relative Cornelius Van Baerle is soon afterwards also wrongfully accused of treason and jailed, which makes it impossible for him to tend to the black tulip he is passionately trying to grow. But help is on the way...From the very start Dumas captures his reader: the opening scenes with John and Cornelius De Witte are very powerful, and the story moves along at a brisk pace. High drama, sensational twists in the plot, desperate prisoners and equally despotic gaolers, it's all there and I found myself rushing along towards the end. To our 21st century taste, perhaps the emotions portrayed are at times a bit over the top, and the language a bit overly dramatic but nonetheless: a very good story eminently told!And to give praise where praise is due: the introduction and notes by David Coward are also excellent!

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