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Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

Author(s): Deborah Moggach

Location(s): Amsterdam

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1630s



Set in 1630s Amsterdam, it begins with a typical Renaissance love triangle: a wealthy, elderly merchant, Cornelis Sandvoort, his beautiful but frustrated young wife Sophia and the painter who enters their life, Jan van Loos. Commissioned to paint the happy couple’s portrait, Jan becomes embroiled in a series of emotional and financial speculations which are to change the character’s lives forever. Tulip Fever is a delightfully conceived story which offers a new dimension to what really goes on within the apparently placid domestic interiors of the canvases of 17th century Dutch Art.

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This novel I found had an extremely complex plot, yet wonderfully simple to follow. It’s an historical narrative set in seventeenth century Holland, yet had all the suspense, thrill, and deceptions of a twentieth...

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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