November 2012

Tulip Fever is set in Amsterdam in 1630. The Dutch republic was enjoying a golden age and Tulips were trading for huge amounts of money. Wealthy families were all keen to have their portraits painted and it was this wish for immortality that begins the dangerous liaison between Sophia and the artist Jan Van Loos, when her husband Cornells Sanduoot who is forty years older than his wife commissions the artist to paint them.

The book continues with lust, greed, deception and retribution including a phantom pregnancy and a very strange outcome to a valuable tulip bulb!

Most of our reading group liked this book but some of us found it too predictable and disliked the short chapters which made a rather disjointed read. However we all agreed that the reader was drawn into the dark atmospheric world of Dutch paintings in the seventeenth century.

Our next selection is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows.


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