Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

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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 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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About Deborah Moggach

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Deborah Moggach is the author of sixteen successful novels, including the bestselling Tulip Fever, and two collections of stories. Her screenplays include Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She lives in North London.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Heinemann. 290 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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A pallid account of adultery and deception somewhat enriched—but not much—by its 17th-century Dutch setting.

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Publishers Weekly

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Although Moggach, a well-known TV writer and prolific novelist in her native Britain, has published here before, this book, a bestseller at home last year, is the one that is likely to be her breakout

Apr 03 2000 | Read Full Review of Tulip Fever

All About Romance

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While I am not a reader who refuses to read books that include adultery as part of the story line, there is a difference between books that have adultery as one plot element and books that are about adultery.

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Nights and Weekends

BUY THE BOOK ... made-for-TV film, Brush with Fate), and Deborah Moggach's
Tulip Fever (also with a movie in the works—starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, ...

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