The Orchid Thief Themes

Susan Orlean
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Obsession

For many, orchids become the ultimate obsession. Perhaps because they are a living thing and can never be wholly perfect, an orchid obsession is never-ending. Orchid collectors have been known to go to the ends of the Earth in order to find the next rare and unusual orchid for their collection.

During the Victorian era, orchid collection became popular among the wealthy. An obsession for orchids could only be supported by the very rich since in order to gain more orchids, you often had a professional orchid collector travel around the world for you. Orchid collectors during this era were renegade, independent men who lived a lonely life in search of an elusive flower. They would travel to remote places of the world for their employer and bring back orchids never before seen by the European society. The desire to have orchids that no other human possessed in...

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