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By Charles Bowden | Comments: ( 303 ) | Date: ( Jun 05, 2020 )

In this ground shaking, breath taking cri de coeur, Bowden delves with love driven fury for the roots of our brutal history in this once brave New World The figures he casts before us from Pancho Villa to a modern day drug lord, from General Sherman to a skid row Sioux named Robert Sundance trace a story not so much of rapaciousness as of fear and loathing Bowden twinesIn this ground shaking, breath taking cri de coeur, Bowden delves with love driven fury for the roots of our brutal history in this once brave New World The figures he casts before us from Pancho Villa to a modern day drug lord, from General Sherman to a skid row Sioux named Robert Sundance trace a story not so much of rapaciousness as of fear and loathing Bowden twines it with the natural history of the hammer orchid, a carnivore whose deceptive delicacy comes to stand for the terror and hypocrisy that have perverted our love of the land, its peoples, and our very natures.


  • Title: Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America
  • Author: Charles Bowden
  • ISBN: 9780865476295
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Charles Bowden

CHARLES BOWDEN s journalism appears regularly in Harper s GQ, and other national publications He is the author of several previous books of nonfiction, including Down by the River In than a dozen groundbreaking books and many articles, Charles Bowden has blazed a trail of fire from the deserts of the Southwest to the centers of power where abstract ideas of human nature hold sway and to the roiling places that give such ideas the lie He has claimed as his turf our soul history, the germinal material, vast and brooding, that is always left out of orthodox all of them books about America Jim Harrison, on Blood Orchid.



Comments Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America

  • Jamie

    When there’s one name I hear from Rick Bass, and Ed Abbey, and Elmore Leonard, and Harry Crews— I listen. No, scratch that. I can’t get it in my hands fast enough. Goddamn, they were right: Charles Bowden.He says, “I speak for the mongrel, the mestizo, the half-breed, the bastard, the alley cat, the cur, the hybrid, the mule, the whore, the unforeseen strain that pounds against all the safe and disgusting doors. I speak for vitality, rough edges, torn fences, broken walls, wild rivers, s [...]


  • Charles

    Read this. Then read the next one, Blues for Cannibals, and finish up with the last of the loose trilogy, Some of the Dead are Still Breathing. When it's all over you will have probed the depths of human depravity and greed, all of it true, yet will come through it all holding a small but bright diamond of hope in your hand.


  • Dan

    i first learned about bowden while listening to an appearance on democracy now!, where he was talking about the drug cartel culture of juarez, and how it relates to the u.s.'s idiotic "war on drugs" and draconian immigration policies. accordingly, i approached blood orchid expecting the insights of a cantankerous leftist along the lines of mike davis. that's not what i got begin with, blood orchid isn't really about much of anything. there's plenty of potential for interesting insights, particul [...]


  • Joe Brunory

    Definitely a book you have to read if you enjoy a strong voice. To me, this was the most amazing book of nonfiction that I've read since In Cold Blood. Masterful style, brilliant content, and challenging topics.


  • Mark

    Don't waste your time. Perhaps I don't have the patience for this one. I can not say for sure what made this as utterly unreadable as it was. Whatever the case it fell short of expectations, as misguided as they may have been.


  • Quel

    This should be required reading in schools


  • Jordy

    Viva la Bowden and RIP


  • A.E. Reiff

    Begin the BowdeenJust when you think Bowdeen has gone off the rails to the Seminary of the Damned you realize he is talking about the history of the unthinkable from Ancient Mayan to Argentina to Vietnam. Of ten million natives dead of smallpox and a hundred million buffalo removed. You try to put that up and get a bad connection. How can his genre be called nonfiction when in the midst of charging the gold statue of sacrifice they are running the corridors of the Pentagon to retrieve their file [...]


  • Austin

    If you're looking for a cohesive narrative or linear thinking, Blood Orchid is not for you. If you've already had your fill of our country/society/culture and its corruption, systematic injustice, and institutional unfairness, then this book is not for you. If you have consonants and vowels in your name and like to keep a positive outlook on life, this book is not for you. So really, most likely, to be completely frank, this book is probably not for you. But it was for me. Charles Bowden's non-f [...]


  • Jim

    3.5 starsI have ambivalent feelings about this book, so it's hard for me to rate it. It's a book-length series of interrelated stream of consciousness rants on the rape of the environment and the destruction of Native American people and their culture by our forefathers, continuing into present times. It's also a meditation on the violent history of the land and peoples along the U.S./Mexican border. Bowden is a talented writer, and I agree with much of what he says, yet it's a bitter pill to sw [...]


  • Jay

    I definitely put Charles Bowden right up there with my creative non-fiction heroes: Joan Didion and Hunter S. Thompson. He 19s developed his own style that takes us deeper, farther into a Mexico that we are so, so close to and will never understand. I mean, come on 13 the violence is here. We read about the body count in Tijuana and the spillover into San Diego, but Bowden has the talent to put a face on it. Blood Orchid is less about flowers, but a lot more about violence. Like the carnivore Or [...]


  • Graham

    In his acknowledgments, Scott Carrier called Bowden the best American non-fiction writer working today. I noticed Bowden recently wrote something in National Geographic about the new wall being put up along the U.S. Mexico Border.That said, I found his work repulsive. He stumbles past earnest and winds up merely projecting his own appetites and dysfunctions onto the places and people he visits. The tone is detached, angry, brooding.He processes only those observations that confirm his diseased i [...]


  • Graham

    Tricky one to get a bead on. Bowden's an interesting enough character in that he often seems wholly unlikable in a sort of hyper-macho libertarian fashion, but other times somewhat less of a caricature (especially when the guard is let down). His is a highly stylized approach, one in which the quotability of nearly every sentence can be both engrossing (in a Barthes-ian textual pleasure sorta way) and frustrating (in a Nietzschean epigram sorta way, possessed of its own cleverness to an extent d [...]


  • Salt344

    A bleak meditation on the darkness of human nature and how it played out in the American west and how it plays out today in the world at large. The book ranges from the destruction of the buffalo to the Phoenix program in Vietnam and the Disappeared of Argentina. It's strong stuff and it's overall tone reminded me of No Country for Old Men and Blood Meridian. It's a tough read but very thought provoking.


  • Jeffrey McCord

    Genre bending journalism. A look at the darker aspects of people and their habits and governments. Nice summer reading--Argentine torture, drug dealers, the desert, rape, pillaging. He reflects on these things and mashes them up into a messy goo that's beautiful but grotesque. Kind of like a dead animal in the road that you can't help but stare into.


  • Ben

    Though Blood Orchid seems less focused than Blues for Cannibals, it's also driven by an unmitigated anger. Bowden's lush, meandering prose serves to filter this raw emotion, and the reader is left with a book that may be less direct than its follow-up. But it's also more poetically potent.


  • Js

    This book is a wake up call to the realities of what is happening at the edges of America. Bowden writes beautifully in a manner that lulls one in to the beauty of his descriptions before pouncing on the reader with the harshness of life for those society has forgotten.


  • Wendy

    I found the sexual content of this book rather distasteful, but Bowden is still amazing.


  • Deidre

    Heavy, heady, slightly distressing (in a what-the-hell-is-this-country-doing kind of way). I sort of wanted to reread it as soon as I finished.


  • Rowan

    Choppy, jarring account, by an ecologist/journalist, of the border culture underworld of crime, rape, drug-smuggling, and culture clash.


  • Edd Franz

    A fevered rant on American Culture and our collective loss of something real and powerful, and hope for regaining it. "Perhaps the problem is not physical . . ."


  • Camille

    It was difficult to wrap my brain around, but once I did, it was astounding.


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