Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
In the 1600s, there was a craze for a while in Holland for tulips. They became a form of currency, with underground auctions and all kinds going on. Tulip Fever is essentially a romance set against this background. Sophia was married young to elderly merchant Cornelis to save her family from poverty, and she doesn’t mind him. But when painter Jan comes to paint their portrait, an affair begins, and a complex plan is hatched.
I didn’t expect a romance, and it was fine, but not what I was after. It was very similar in tone to Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Miniaturist, both set in the same time. I enjoyed it, but I think I would have been more interested in more on the tulip craze. I did love that the copy of the book I read had coloured plates of art of the time, that was a delightful touch.
Tulip Fever (2017
I shouldn’t have watched this so close to reading it. I can’t tell if it was a good film, it seemed fine. The cinematography certainly caught the lighting of that style of painting beautifully. The story was changed a bit, though not the key points. It did allow Dame Judy Dench a small role, which is always nice. I hope someone watches it and lets me know if they think it’s any good.