Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

eBook - 2007
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In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Dial Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9781446485958
1446485951
9780307423412
0307423417
9780385334891
0385334893
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Summary: In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy.

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samdog123 Mar 31, 2017

Soon to be released as a movie, this book by Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is a fascinating look at Holland in the 17th century. This was the golden age of Dutch masters. Jan Van Loos, an up and coming artist, is contracted to paint Cornelius and his young wife Sofia. Sophia and Jan quickly become lovers and become enmeshed in a plot that will enable them to be together. Wonderful descriptive language that matches the beautiful colour plates in the book. Well worth a read if you like historical fiction.

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brangwinn
Jan 02, 2016

How sheltered women were in the 1600's. Sophia was married off to an elderly wealthy merchant it was a financial deal not a love match. Add a painter brought in to paint the couple's portrait who lusts after Sophia, a household maid who finds herself pregnant and the tulip crazed not which people invest their life savings in tulip bulbs hoping to make a fortune and you've got an interesting story doomed to failure, except for the two most unlikely of the characters. Told in present tense from the view of the main characters, the plot of Jan the painter and Sophia to run away and live together comes to a quick satisfying crash. It was at least satisfying to me to see hat brought their deceit to an end.

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VentdeVie
Sep 02, 2015

Poignant love story taking place in early 17th century. Depicting historic facts and illustrating how objectified women were.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 05, 2014

Like a painting by Vermeer, Moggach’s latest novel is filled with gorgeous colours, exquisite light and intensely drawn characters. It is Amsterdam in the 1630’s and the city is struck with tulip madness. Ambition and greed push the price of each bulb to ludicrous heights. A wealthy merchant commissions a portrait of his beautiful wife; unfortunately, the artist falls madly in love with her. Their scandalous affair sparks a series of events that can only end in tragedy.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 28, 2013

Really liked the writer & historical content.

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EmilyEm
Mar 29, 2011

Reading that this book was being slated as a movie that might star Jude Law, Keira Knightley and Jim Broadbent, I gave it a read. If you liked the book 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' [or have an interest in the golden age of Dutch painting], this one will remind you of it. I skimmed to the end, something I rarely do. Fun to think of the movie though! Moggach is associated with some good ones.

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KarenW
Mar 15, 2005

When Sophia marries and older man, she knows she will be able to help her family out financially, but that she doesn?t love him. This arrangement is working out well for both her and her husband until he hires an artist to paint their portrait. Soon her feelings become overwhelming for the artist and the path that she begins down is one that will change all of their lives forever. Set against the tulip craze that spawned an over inflated economy in 17th century Amsterdam, this book will kept me up reading until dawn!

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rtwete
Mar 20, 2011

Set in Holland in 1600's when tulip investment bubble is raging. Older husband and young wife have their portrait painted by Jan van Loos (actual artist). Artist & wife start an affair. Wife's maid becomes pregnant and wife pretends she is pregnant.

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