The Orchid ThiefeBook - 2002
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Discussion on February 13, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. - Author! Author! - Susan Orlean’s most recent release is the New York Times bestseller The Library Book, which was named a Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. She is the author of seven books in total, i... Read More »
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"... The old orchid hunter lay back on his pillow, his body limp. ... 'You'll curse the insects,' he said at last, 'and you'll curse the natives. ... The sun will burn you by day and the cold will shrivel you by night. You'll be racked by fever and tormented by a hundred discomforts, but you'll go on. For when a man falls in love with orchids, he'll do anything to possess the one he wants. It's like chasing a green-eyed woman or taking cocaine. ... it's a sort of madness. ...'" (p. 78)
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