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The Orchid Thief centers on south Florida and John Laroche, a quixotic, charismatic schemer once convicted of attempting to take endangered orchids from the Fakahatchee swamp, a state preserve. Laroche, a horticultural consultant who once ran an extensive nursery for the Seminole tribe, dreams of making a fortune for the Seminoles and himself by cloning the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii. Laroche sums up the obsession that drives him and so many others:
I really have to watch myself, especially around plants. Even now, just being here, I still get that collector feeling. You know what I mean. I'll see something and then suddenly I get that feeling. It's like I can't just have something--I have to have it and learn about it and grow it and sell it and master it and have a million of it.Even Orlean--so leery of orchid fever that she immediately gives away any plant that's pressed upon her by the growers in Laroche's circle--develops a desire to see a ghost orchid blooming and makes several ultimately unsuccessful treks into the Fakahatchee. Filled with Palm Beach socialites, Native Americans, English peers, smugglers, and naturalists as improbably colorful as the tropical blossoms that inspire them, this is a lyrical, funny, addictively entertaining read. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Read this one-of-a-kind book and then watch the film, Adaptation, which is based on the book but has a real twist.
Aside from LaRoche I enjoyed learning about some other historic orchid collectors and the history of orchid collecting around the world.
From that standpoint, this is a book that will hold your interest although there is too much "me" in the book.
I got real antsy for this book to end. The world/culture/history of orchids is fascinating, but the story is tedious and repetitive.Published 1 day ago by A. S. LaPorta
Susan Orleans has a way of drawing you in with her words then painting orchids in rich living colors right before your eyes. I really enjoyed the scents and aromas she detailed. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Essehayes
If you reaaly like reading about every facit of Orchids then you will really enjoy this book. The plant is beautiful but its just not my DNA to know everything , and I mean... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Richard
Story line was a little tough to follow. Lots of history of orchids included.Published 12 days ago by Janet
It was interesting to find out this was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep, it must have been a limited release because I never heard of the movie. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Tuvak
I had no idea there were such orchids fanatics. I found the chapter about all the different orchids a little dry but the Florida history is always fascinating to me as a Florida... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Susan Hamburger
It was a very easy book to start and for me bogged down in the middle , Susan had an interesting subject in John and went to ancient history but I am glad I stuck with it even if... Read morePublished 21 days ago by randy mcangus
It would be better titled, "Random musings on south Florida focusing on the orchid subculture." The book reads like a hike through the Fakahatchee and I imagine feels sort... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kindle Customer