Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Tulip Virus | Book Review

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 The Tulip Virus
  Danielle Hermans 




A  mystery set in contemporary London with a parallel story line rooted in 17th century Holland and the tulip trade.

I have been looking for a good history of the Tulip mania phenomena in 17th Century Netherlands for a better understanding of economic bubbles. 17th century Holland was a hot bed for tulip bulbs. The most highly prized and sought after tulips, with their beautiful color combinations and unique markings, were actually a result of a virus. The time periods, current day London and the 17th century, are tied together DNA - Jurassic Park style, and examines questions of free will, science, religion, and greed.

The author has obviously done quite a lot of research and included a great deal about tulip cultivation and trade. The author, who is Dutch herself, has taken Tulip mania into the modern day with this mystery.  At times I thought some things were lost in the Dutch to English translation but enjoyed the history veiled in a mystery.











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