The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Readers Circle) By Susan Orlean


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A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orleans wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flowerthe rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindeniia deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of Americas strange flower selling subculture, through Floridas swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orleanand the readerwill have respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.

In this new edition, coming fifteen years after its initial publication and twenty years after she first met the orchid thief, Orlean revisits this unforgettable world, and the route by which it was brought to the screen in the film Adaptation, in a new retrospective essay.

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Praise for The Orchid Thief

Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy. The Orchid Thief shows [Orleans] gifts in full bloom. The New York Times Book Review

Fascinating. an engrossing journey [full] of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness, and backstabbing. Los Angeles Times

Orleans snapshot vivid, pitch perfect prose. is fast becoming one of our national treasures. The Washington Post Book World

Orleans gifts [are] her ear for the self skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion like deftness in description. Boston Sunday Globe

A swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great. The Wall Street Journal The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Readers Circle)

most people in some way or another do strive for something exceptional, something to pursue, even at their peril, rather than abide an ordinary life. (pg. 273) Because I love the film Adaptation so much, I wanted to read the original source material Susan 044900371X A well written and meticulously researched examination of the passion for new and unusual species of orchids, The Orchid Thief illuminates the power of obsession. Susan Orlean not only deals with the sometimes bizarre obsession with the beauty and money making potential of 044900371X Susan Orlean begins a journalistic investigation of an orchid thief, John Laroche. She ends up learning and reporting about a subculture passionate about orchids, one of the most diverse plants in existence. I was enlightened about the habit forming, addictive 044900371X