The Orchid Thief

The Orchid Thief

eBook - 2002
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From Florida's swamps to its courtrooms, the New Yorker writer follows one deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man's possibly criminal pursuit of an endangered flower. Determined to clone the rare ghost orchid, Polyrrhiza lindenii, John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America's strange flower-selling subculture, along with the Seminole Indians who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean -- and the reader -- will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, [2002]
ISBN: 9780307795298
Characteristics: 1 online resource (250 pages)
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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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CoronadoLibraryStaff Jan 16, 2020

I thought this book was going to be about a guy going around stealing flowers but it's really about the state of Florida and how shifty it is.

carolce Dec 10, 2019

Chapter: Anyone can grow orchids and, in Large Print page316-317 and 336-the end are worth reading again and thinking about. They get to the heart of the book.

Apr 17, 2019

This book fascinated me. I just had to go along with the different points of view, shifting from the story of the title person to the history of orchids to the cultivation or collection of orchids to the first person Florida experience.
I enjoyed every word.

Feb 18, 2019

This extended essay is primarily about people obsessed by orchids. It does not dwell on the botany of the orchid or their cultivation. It concludes with a short bibliography but lacks an index, end notes, and photographs.

Jan 06, 2017

Loved this book - it made me laugh out loud as well - but this is a winner for sure - can at times get a little too much into details about things that needent be - but overall i loved this book

Sep 13, 2012

Such a great book and I recommend it for all native americans and lovers of orchids! Very good style of writing!

daymakerdave May 10, 2011

Well I now know more about Florida and collection orchids than I ever imagined. This book is interesting in it's very in depth look at the wierd and wild world of rare orchid collectors. Interesting but by about page 175 I couldn't care less. If you want to know absolutely everything about orchids then you'll like this. If you're looking for a story about orchids or the theft of them, you will be dissappointed.

Nov 18, 2009

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Feb 18, 2019

"... 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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