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The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession By Susan Orlean

The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
by Susan Orlean

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.
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The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession Summary


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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Sku
GOR001228762
Title
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year published
Number of pages
368
ISBN 10
009928958X
ISBN 13
9780099289586
Prizes
N/A
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