The Orchid Thief - A Green Hell Summary & Analysis

Susan Orlean
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The Fakahatchee Strand is a unique swamp that is 63,000 coastal lowland acres in the southwestern corner of Florida and is about twenty-five miles south of Naples. Although people live in it, it is an incredibly inhospitable place. It is hot and buggy with cottonmouth snakes, diamondback rattlers, alligators, snapping turtles, poisonous plants and even wild hogs. Whatever parts of the Strand are not covered with water are so hot that they can spontaneously catch on fire; cars driving in this area can make the grass explode into a grassfire from the heat, making the car catch on fire as well.

Susan decides that she wants to go into the Fakahatchee because she wants to see what Laroche wanted so badly. She considers herself a very tough person, but is still terrified of going into the Strand. While many spooky places are...

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