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Freelancing in Paradise

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This book showcases travel journalism at a time when it wasn't the norm.  It was fun to read about freelancing through awesome places.
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John and Pegge  Hlavacek describe an exotic lifestyle of which most writers only dream. After living and working in India during the first five years of their marriage Hlavaceks moved their five children and Indian nanny to New York. When his fellowship there ended, the Hlavaceks moved to Jamaica where John and Pegge supported the family by providing freelance writing and photography services to print, radio, and TV news outlets. They covered news events during a turbulent period in Latin American history, and interviewed politicians and other celebrities who visited Jamaica. I found this to be an interesting premise that was diverting in parts but I felt that it failed to live up to my expectations of a fabulous adventure. The characters were interesting but not that likeable and I found myself wondering whether they were actually much less interesting as subjects than the events that they were writing about. Delivered less than it promised, ultimately.
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