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 and showmen, their rivalries, vendettas and crimes, smuggling, thefts and worse provide the backdrop to a fascinating exploration of one of the byways of human nature, the obsessive world of the collector, and the haunting beauty of the flowers themselves....
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Orchid Thief Reviews
I loved Susan Orleans style of writing and her descriptions of places, situations and people - she really brought it to life. I now know more about orchids than I ever thought I would. That part got a bit tedious at times but I stuck with it and most of it was really interesting. There are people addicted to orchids. People who steal orchids. Orchids can be worth A LOT of money. There are hundreds and hundreds of different kinds of orchids. I love the way she wrote about the character of David Laroche. I read this because I knew the movie, "Adaptation" was based on this book. Loosely based. It was REALLY interesting to see what the screenwriter did. It barely ANYTHING like the book. I loved the ending. I also lived in Florida for three years and it all takes place in Florida so I found it interesting to hear Ms. Orleans talk about these places. I got a bit bogged down by all the details of orchid growing, the orchid business, etc. but it's worth it to persevere.
Recommended if you are at all interested in l) Florida - the land, 2) Florida - the people, 3) natural history and/or, 4) just a very good read. I read this during my first trip to southern Florida and really enjoyed seeing the places the author talked about. Wonderful character study of both the people and place. Top notch writing.
I enjoyed this book immensely, and would give it a 4.5 star rating if I could. Not a perfect book, but immensely enjoying. And still very timely. Just recently (Jan 14, 2014) a "priceless African water lily" was stolen from the Kew Botanic Gardens in London, England. This is a very rare plant, and very difficult to grow--the Kew is one of two places to successfully grow them--the plant is very nearly extinct. It is a small plant, with tiny petals and leafs, and the sort of thing that would appeal only to a person obsessed with obtaining and growing very rare plants. Susan Orlean, the author of "The Orchid Thief" was interviewed for her perspective. The reason is very simple.
What a great combination of steamy mischief and Ms. Orlean can keep you curious. It got a bit repetitive and when I read the history, that the book evolved from the magazine article, I thought it probably made a better article than a book. It’s a quick read so even if it should be shorter, you won‘t feel that your time has been wasted.
Well-written. This book is about the craziness that abounds in the world. of orchid lovers. It is evidently easy to get obsessed with owning, breeding, and raising orchids. The author tells of the obsession that has gotten to people who have been caught up in an orchid craze.
I first read "The Orchid Thief" about ten years ago in a book group, and I loved it. It was a total departure from my usual reading material, and I have carried it on my list of ten favorite books since then.