The Orchid Thief


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Susan Orlean first met John Laroche when visiting Florida to write for the New Yorker about his arrest for stealing rare ghost orchids from a nature reserve. Fascinated both by Laroche and the world she uncovered of orchid collectors and growers, she stayed on, to write this magical exploration of obsession and the strange world both of the orchid obsessives and of Florida, that haunting and weird 'debatable land' of swamps and condos, retirement communities and real-estate scams. The world of the orchid hunters, breeders ...

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Catherine S

Mar 6, 2014

Orchid Indifference

I love Susan Orlean's style of writing. In this book it is too bad that the person she has chosen to highlight isn't compelling. Highlights only include interesting tidbits of information about Florida and its swamp lands.

Gail V

Mar 17, 2011

Orchid history

Although this is a fictional book, it contains a lot of history about the introduction and cultivation of orchids into the civilized world. It follows the author thru her acquaintance with a savant/thief who lives in Florida near the Everglades where the mysterious "ghost orchid" grows. Interesting and educational to read especially if you like orchids.

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