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Haarlem, vers 1635. La ville des Pays-Bas est en proie à la tulipomanie, une spéculation effrénée sur les bulbes de tulipe. Dans ce contexte, un modeste marchand, qui a fui la France et les persécutions religieuses décide de partir seul pour l'Amérique en espérant y faire fortune. Il laisse toute sa famille aux bons soins d'un personnage qui va savoir tirer parti de cetteHaarlem, vers 1635. La ville des Pays-Bas est en proie à la tulipomanie, une spéculation effrénée sur les bulbes de tulipe. Dans ce contexte, un modeste marchand, qui a fui la France et les persécutions religieuses décide de partir seul pour l'Amérique en espérant y faire fortune. Il laisse toute sa famille aux bons soins d'un personnage qui va savoir tirer parti de cette situation....

Title : Semper Augustus
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ISBN : 9782070775552
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 334 Pages
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Semper Augustus Reviews

  • Diana
    2019-04-09 23:36

    Cornelis Van Deruick, a widower and father of four, decides to go to the Americas to make a fortune for his family. Until his return, he delegates his firstborn to take care of his younger brother and sisters, their small business in Haarlem also in his charge. In order to better provide for his offspring, Cornelis writes a letter to Paulus van Bereysten, an affluent and influential person – also an old friend whose life he’d once saved – asking him to become his sons’ protector. Wilhem, the eldest and now head of the family, soon falls into the thrall of this cunning merchant who entered their lives and took advantage of his gullibility – first by seducing him into becoming his lover, then by tricking him into investing all of his assets in the tulip bulb commerce. His ignorance and greed soon make him plunge himself and his brothers into a state of abject poverty and sheer misery. Admittedly, a despicable man, Paulus van Bereysten is nonetheless a compelling and charismatic character – an ugly, fat, arrogant and stingy bastard who eventually manages to turn his feeblenesses into a weapon he cunningly wields to his own advantage. Throughout the book, it’s impossible to fathom whether he’s downright cruel, greedy and superficial, or if he can offer genuine sympathy. Of all characters, I took a liking to Paulus because he was the most complex. The book is an easy read, with useful tips on tulip growing in the 1600’s Netherlands, and the text is also packed with skills on sales and negotiation. All said though, I wouldn’t count this book among my favourites, as it’s rather predictable and fairly boring. I found it relatively interesting to find out about tulip growing and commerce, but I couldn’t be bothered, once again, to read 360 pages about how a stupid greedy 24-year-old ruins his family financially and devastates them on the emotional level.

  • Anna
    2019-04-13 05:52

    Una bella storia raccontata però in modo pesante e a tratti logorroico. I personaggi sono ben descritti e l'intreccio è interessante.Un libro sufficientemente carino.

  • Carine
    2019-03-27 02:39

    Très lente lecture... C'est l'histoire d'une famille qui vivra des hauts et des bas avec le commerce des tulipes.