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A true story of one of the world's strangest plants and humanity's oddest obsessions: the orchid, brought to book by the author, traveller and self-confessed orchid obsessive. From the Orinoco River to the hothouses of Kew, and the clandestine nurseries of Europe to the peat bogs of Minnesota, this is a dark and humorous tale of orchid smugglers, ice-cream makers and visionary breeders; of courruption, murder and moths with 12-inch tongues; and of the vicious, bizarre world of international plant politics and the wide range of gentle people

The acclaimed author of Motoring with Mohammed brings us a compelling adventure into the remarkable world of the orchid. But the orchid is also the center of an illicit international business: one grower in Santa Barbara tends his plants while toting an Uzi, and a former collector has been in hiding for seven years after serving a jail sentence for smuggling thirty dollars worth of orchids into Britain.

Eric Hansen introduces you to people in the orchid community and to orchid politics. You encounter and learn of or Who would have expected that the world of orchid collectors would be dangerous? Along with experiencing this rough and wacky world, in this book you will learn a lot about orchids and how endangered flora are, in theory, protected.

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A true story of one of the world's strangest plants and humanity's oddest obsessions: the orchid, brought to book by the author, traveller and self-confessed orchid obsessive. From the Orinoco River to the hothouses of Kew, and the clandestine nurseries of Europe to the peat bogs of Minnesota, this is a dark and humorous tale of orchid smugglers, ice-cream makers and visionary breeders; of courruption, murder and moths with 12-inch tongues; and of the vicious, bizarre world of international plant politics and the wide range of gentle people whose overriding passion is the cultivation of these beautiful, fragile flowers.

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Flower
A very unexpected pleasure to discover a reference to this book while perusing other areas of the storied New Yorker Magazine online recently. Ordered it immediately and read it cover to cover with the greatest enjoyment.The book is unusually addictive and has a lot of inner dynamism, revolving around the arcane world of potted plants, namely rare and massively overprotected orchideans. The hunt for the rarer ones takes up several chapters and talking about the dangers and the brutal conditions in tramping through the jungles of the world on collection expeditions is mind-bending.

The political inconsistencies in the management of international distribution and trade in several species is beyond ludicrous too. Salacious and frankly gossipy in style, mature in professionalism and dedication to development of the species, and abounding in anecdote after amusing anecdote, this book rocks with joy, laughter, and the sexual antics of (yes!) a plant whose mastery around getting itself adequately pollinated is overtly creative as well as subtly clandestine. Who or what co-evolved with the orchids is my main question? Any guesses? It must have been mankind, for who else would ever notice.
Malogamand
The book Orchid Fever provides an endearing, thought-provoking, and engaging take on the orchid industry. Author Eric Hansen provides not only engaging content in the form of brief anecdotes every chapter, but also cleverly ties in important biological concepts that allow readers to not only see the zany lengths that orchid collectors will go to attain the valuable flowers, but also learn informative concepts related to plant biology such as the pollinating strategies employed by various orchids, the horticulture industry, and overall flower structures. As I read the novel, I found myself immersed in Hansen’s profound story-telling ability, where many of the real-life stories detailed in the novel seemed too outlandish to be true. His ability to connect both plant biology with world culture and custom is also another highlight to the novel, where his focus on orchid popularity is not just restricted to the United States but extends to all corners of the world from Venezuela to Turkey to Norway. Hansen himself evens adds a level of self-reflection to the novel as he details his own growing ‘orchid fever’ as he gathers information from the various individuals he meets on his journey to understand how orchids have become such a big commodity. Overall, the non-fiction novel serves as a nice, easily delightful exploration into orchid culture that readers from all backgrounds can enjoy and appreciate!
Talvinl
I don't raise orchids. In general, I don't bother raising flowers. So, why read this? I'm interested in conservation of wild things...and a long time ago, one summer I took up wild flower photography with a 4x5 view camera. Yeah, just for the summer...or maybe it was 2 summers. That camera, and its expensive lenses, have long since been sold. So, what flowers did I use it on? Whatever was local. But of course, sooner or later you will start to wonder about anything rare and showy. Most wild flowers are not that showy, but orchids are a different story. Where I live they are very rare. So, of course, I wanted pictures. And then I found out about a place with some of those showy orchids Hansen mentions in the last chapter of this book. I went on a week long camping trip to the general location...found the showy orchids, made some connections, and then found a different patch of white showy orchids. The rare alba form of Cypripedium reginae. Wow. Made a great subject for the view camera...not that I knew what I was doing with the camera or how rare the white orchids were. That happened about a decade before the events of the last chapter in Hansen's book. I hadn't thought about it much since then, but this book brought those memories of that trip back to me. I will add that I did not collect anything but pictures on my trip. Like I said...I'm not a flower grower.

As for the book....loved it. But I did find the information on CITES enforcement to be dismaying. I guess it's pretty much always the case that power goes to the head of whoever wields it. That the people in charge of CITES are more interested in aggrandizing their power than in protecting the wild plants of the world is sad, but not surprising. That there are other people willing to do whatever is necessary to protect wild plants is, however, gratifying.
Orchid Fever (Methuen Non-fiction) download epub
Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Eric Hansen
ISBN: 0413747506
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Language: English
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (April 5, 2001)
Pages: 240 pages