Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

Teaser Tuesday Logo Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser

"Oh, I've been led up the garden path and no mistake." ... "He said he loved me and then when I wouldn't submit to his filthy lust—I'm only a poor girl but I'm keeping my precious gift, it's the only treasure I possess—when I wouldn't submit to him he threw me out, into the street, without even a good-bye."

Quotes from page 86 of Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach. Here's the description from the back cover:

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.

1 comment:

  1. Oooh sounds steamy and intriguing! I like your teaser, sounds like my kind of character :).

    Here is my TT post if you'd like to stop by!