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The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
The Orchid Thief A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
Author: Susan Orlean
In Susan Orlean's mesmerizing true story of beauty and obsession is John Laroche, a renegade plant dealer and sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing his front teeth and has the posture of al dente spaghetti. In 1994, Laroche and three Seminole Indians were arrested with rare orchids they had stolen from a wild swamp in...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780449003718
ISBN-10: 044900371X
Publication Date: 1/2000
Pages: 284
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 156 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 9
I really enjoyed this. Uses the biography of a modern day orchid thief as the fabric into which author weaves interesting history and anecdotal tidbits. Language gets very course - but only when the person referred to speaks that way.
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Helpful Score: 3
Really enjoyed this book (didn't care much for the movie), and if you read it, be prepared to start buying orchids. You won't be able to help it.
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Helpful Score: 3
Anyone who enjoys orchids will enjoy this book - the narrative is more a documentary than a story, but well done.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a nonfiction book about the trade in illegal orchids. The author is a little too self interested, but it's still a good story.
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Helpful Score: 1
THE BOOK WAS SLOW TO ME. BUT I HAD SEEN THE MOVIE FIRST SO I THINK THAT RUINED IT. MAKES ME WANT TO GO TO FLORIDA AND SEE THE ORCHIDS.
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