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Book Title: Wild Orchids|
The author of the book: Karen Robards
Edition: Grand Central Publishing
Date of issue: January 1st 1986
ISBN 13: 9780446326926
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Reader ratings: 6.6
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 338 KB
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Another towel thrown in, another book bites the dust.
No spoilers. Just a good ol' rant.
As usual, it’s not the book, just me and my complicated self.
I mean, the writing is solid and the story itself isn’t bad. As a matter of fact, it’s quite entertaining.
I'm a little sad I had to DNF it. I would have probably finished it (and liked it) had it not been for some issues. But principles are principles and I will not compromise when it comes to my beliefs.
#1 THE HERO
Annoyance level: MILD
I had such a perfect image of the hero in my head. Why did she have to ruin it? I tried to erase the info from my brain. And I would have pulled it off had I not been reminded of his long, glistening Frito Bandito-like black mustache 34 times!
Sadly, the sexy stache is the only lively thing on him. He doesn’t talk. He doesn’t listen. He doesn’t watch. He doesn’t smile.
#2 THE HEROINE
Annoyance level: HIGH
She is too stupid to live. It's unbelievable how much fictitious oxygen is wasted by keeping her alive.
She's dull, old-fashioned, easily shocked, inexperienced, prim and proper, whiny and selfish. Deadly combo. Did I say stupid difficult? Honestly, I felt sorry for her captor and admired his patience. I would have offed her on page 5.
Not to mention her racist and sexist prejudices. For more details, see point 3 below.
#3 SEXIST, RACIST AND STEREOTYPICAL IDEAS
Annoyance level: SKY-HIGH
This book is full of of them. For instance:
- Female teachers are dull, inexperienced and old-fashioned.
- You can visit Cancún only if you're loaded.
- Teachers can’t afford to travel.
- Mexico is a very poor, filthy and stinky country.
- Mexican food is inedible.
- Mexicans are short, ugly, dangerous and lazy.
- Mexicans will do anything for money.
- Mexican police is disinterested and inefficient.
- Nothing works properly in Mexico.
- Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
Want some proof?
"…broken air conditioners that might, or might not, be repaired mañana (how she had grown to dread that ubiquitous tomorrow, which could just as easily mean next week, or next month, or next year!), inedible food, the mosquitoes that feasted on her fair skin every time she set foot outdoors after dark and the sun that broiled her alive during the day, a tour bus that had been broken for four days while its driver waited unconcernedly for a part that would surely arrive mañana, she had had to work hard to keep her wonderful vacation from turning into nothing but an expensive exercise in aggravation."
"The smell of rotting vegetation was everywhere."
"Mexican farmers fertilized their fields with human excrement. Shuddering, she stopped in her tracks. There was no way she was venturing into one of those fields."
"The scenery was wildly beautiful, as exotic as anything fromLost Horizon.The only ugly thing was the smell. Composed of rotting vegetation and, she feared, the decomposing corpses of animals, the stench was heavy…"
"The jail itself was not nearly as bad as she had been led to believe Mexican prisons were."
"At the rate things moved in Mexico, it could be several weeks, or a month!"
"She had had experience with Mexicans’ ideas of 'not long'."
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Read information about the authorKaren Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.
Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career.
Karen was recently described by The Daily Mail as "one of the most reliable thriller....writers in the world."
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