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Any Interesting Novels About Costa Rica and Central America?

Old Nov 11th, 2008, 12:46 PM
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Any Interesting Novels About Costa Rica and Central America?

We will be visiting Costa Rica in January,and enjoy reading some fiction or non-fiction books about the region-any ideas?
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Old Nov 11th, 2008, 02:42 PM
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I brought along Paul Theroux's Old Patagonian Express, a journey through the Americas via train. He has favorable things to say about CR although the book isn't entirely about CR as he describes his experiences in each country he visited from Mexico to Argentina.
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Old Nov 11th, 2008, 03:53 PM
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Canadian authir William Deverell who winters in Costa Rica has some of his novels set in Costa Rica
http://deverell.com/falcon-reviews.php
The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica by Richard and Mavis Biesanz is portrait of the Costa Rican people, their culture, history and society. The Biesanz family have been long time residents in CR

If you want Central America in general, there is a book based int Guatemala which I read a few years ago and enjoyed: The Long Night of White Chickens by Francisco Goldman.
Its sort of a mystery with lots of politcal and local background.
You can find it on googlebooks
http://tinyurl.com/55rwpl
here is a review.
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,311220,00.html

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I agree with Raquel's recommendation of "The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica." It's the best of the several outsider's perspectives on the country.

Mavis Biesanz, the principal author, died recently. She was a long-time resident of Costa Rica.
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I enjoyed Monkeys are made of Chocolate by Jack Ewing.

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E - I will have to look into the Paul Theroux one, I just finished his Dark Star of Africa, very good.
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Thank you all for the book suggestions-a visit to my neighborhood library is in order asap-only two months to go before our CR trip !
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