The Black Tulip

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Penguin Books Limited, Apr 24, 2003 - Fiction - 246 pages
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Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But when his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in a deadly political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. His only comfort is Rosa, the jailer's beautiful daughter, who helps him concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. As Robin Buss explains in his informative introduction, Dumas infuses his story with elements from the history of the Dutch Republic (including two brutal murders) and Holland's seventeenth-century "tulipmania" phenomenon.
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Cornelius and Isaac tried to grow the first black tulip because they could get much money. Cornelius were very rich, so Isaac always felt envy. Isaac watched him, he tried to steal his bulb. One day ... Read full review

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This story is about the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. It's about the KGB and CIA, plenty of spies and counter-intelligence. Which makes it all a bit dated, but still entertaining. To me, the most ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Alexandre Dumas(1802 1870) was the son of Napoleon s famous general Dumas. A prolific author, his body of work includes a number of popular classics, includingThe Three MusketeersandThe Man in the Iron Mask.
Robin Buss(1939 2006) was a writer and translator who worked for theIndependent on Sundayand as television critic for theTimes Educational Supplement. He was also the translator of a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.

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