Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

Book - 2005
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During the 1630's in Amsterdam, local inhabitants sought to secure immortality by having their respective portraits painted. Sophia Sandvoort sits for such a portrait next to her elderly husband Cornelis. The surroundings included objects representing her husband's piety along with a tulip. For Cornelis has made money from the speculation on this flower and its bulbs. However, as Jan van Loos begins to capture Sophia's likeness on canvas, a slow passion progresses between them.
Publisher: New York : Dial PressTrade Paperbacks, 2005
ISBN: 9780385334921
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mog
Description: 281 pages ; 21 cm


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Sophia married the much older Cornelis Sandvoort to save her impoverished family. Their marriage was happy enough until Cornelis decided to hire a portrait painter--a young, handsome portrait painter.

In 1630s Amsterdam, tulips have taken over. Many people flock to the countryside to enjoy the enchanting beauty of the flower. For one wealthy merchant, his young wife is more beautiful than any tulip. When he commissions a young, talented artist to paint her portrait, a passionate love affair un... Read More »

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Feb 20, 2018

I really enjoyed this novel however I found it a little dull at the beginning. I am looking forward to seeing the film too.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 28, 2013

Really liked the writer & historical content.

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.

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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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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