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Tulip Fever - Deborah Moggach
Tulip Fever
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A tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retribution -- set in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever.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... show more
A tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retribution -- set in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever.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. Cornelis yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one. In a bid for immortality, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia's likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist. As the portrait unfolds, so a slow dance is begun among the household's inhabitants. Ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deception -- and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax.In this richly imagined international bestseller, Deborah Moggach has created the rarest of novels -- a lush, lyrical work of fiction that is also compulsively readable. Seldom has a novel so vividly evoked a time, a place, and a passion.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385334921 (0385334923)
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Maybe it will be better as a movie, but I'm not paying to find out.
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4.0 Tulip Fever
A re-read. Moggach is one of my favourite authors, up there with Atwood and Smiley for wry, relevant observation. This is an odd subject for here - more what I would expect from the likes of Rose Tremain - based on the economic bubble created by trading in tulip bulbs in 17C Holland. Full of nuggety...
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