May 10 2008

Book Review: The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica, by Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz

To learn about the people of Costa Rican, otherwise known as “Ticos,” The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica can’t be beat. Here is a great review from the Web site:

“When I was researching Costa Rica as a candidate place for retirement, despite some effort, I was unable to find much literature beyond the standard travel and retirement guides and a few rather dry tomes of some international institutions. I was therefore delighted to come across and read The Ticos. The writing is a nice blend of hard facts and well-researched statistics with deductions from personal interviews, all of which is neatly intertwined with astute personal observation and personal anecdotes. It is very well-written. The language flows as easily as in a good novel.

All in all, a most interesting book. I strongly recommend it to foreign residents of Costa Rica. I equally recommend it to those considering Costa Rica as a country for residence, whether for retirement or business.” Chris Couzens, La Voz, June 1999

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