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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467912603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467912600
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,919,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About The Bards of Paradise Greg Bascom is the author of the action-adventure, adult romance novel Lawless Elements, winner of the gold medal in the Faulkner-Wisdom creative writing competition. Greg left Connecticut as a teenager to work in Japan, Southeast Asia and Latin America. He survived a car crash on the road to Bangkok in 1967, head trauma in the Philippines and subsequent brain surgery in Hawaii in 1977, and being the star hostage in a plane hijacking in Honduras in 1982. He has settled in Costa Rica to relate his adventures in traveler’s tales and fiction. Michael Crump has taught and written academic works about organizational culture and conflict resolution for decades. His stories reflect the keen professional insight into the culture and inherent conflict within agrarian Costa Rican life gleaned from his life on a small coffee farm for the past five years. Lenny Karpman has written six books plus travel, food and human rights stories and articles for multiple publications. A former physician and civil liberties activist, his home for the past nine years has been a finca and refuge for birds and animals in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Robin Kazmier is an adventurer and artisan of natural products with a background in anthropology and geography. She coordinates Spanish Immersion programs for medical professionals and students who come to Costa Rica to work with marginalized populations. One of her essays appeared in Wandering in Costa Rica. Frans Lamers provides us with an international perspective. A native of Holland and former resident of South Africa and Canada, he taught university anthropology and wrote numerous academic works. He has lived in Costa Rica for more than twenty years and is our designated historian. Carol McCool is a popular journalist, travel writer and essayist who, for eight years here, has lived first on a rustic mountain farm and then in her own B&B in a suburb of the capitol. A doctor of psychology, Carol is an environmentalist and a peace activist with an interest in sustainable food production. Jo Stuart’s Friday column appears in amcostarica.com. Her book Butterfly in the City exposes the heart and soul of San Jose, but tenderly. Before her two decades here, she studied Anthropology and has lived in Boston, New York, California, Majorca and Brazil.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Biggar on February 22, 2012
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The long and short of this wonderful read, written and compiled by ex-pats living in Costa Rica, is that it offers great insight into an alluring country. From "shorts," -- Lenny Karpman's ruminations of being the only human at home with his menagerie of dogs and rescued wildlife, or Michael Crump's lyrical account of watching exotic birds with morning coffee -- to "longs," including Carol McCool's riveting account of life on a Sunrise Mountain Farm, and Greg Bascom's three-parter documenting his love-life through successive visits to beautiful Playa Manuel Antonio (from first wife, to lover, to second wife), these pieces offer a tasty sampling of Tico life. I particularly liked the "call and response" effect of three pieces beginning with Robin Kazimer's gripping "River Crossing," which describes coaxing a reluctant teen-age volunteer onto a small horse to cross a raging river in a storm to bring in the cocoa crop, followed by later making the crossing herself when conditions were much worse. Jo Short responds in the next piece, "Buses and Horses," where she addresses the courageous Kazimer's fear of riding on city buses. Kazimer answers in kind in "Response," explaining her discomfort with buses versus her ease in crossing swollen rivers on a dilapidated horse. From wilds to cities to recipes to tropical gardens, there is something for everyone to enjoy who is interested in tales from the ex-pat perspective on Tico life.
Joanna Biggar
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Very well written, organized and informative.

I would recommend this for anyone thinking about retiring in Costa Rica or already settled there.
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By Lindamarie on August 29, 2013
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Greg Bascom ruined this book for me. It sounds like he is bragging about the affair he had while he was married and I didn't expect to read crap like this in a book about Costa Rica. He turned an informative book into a trashy book. I would never recommend this book to anyone
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