This is the lighthearted story of American Cody McClain Brown's adjustments to life in Croatia. After falling in love with an enigmatic, beautiful Croatian girl (whom he knows is from Croatia but assumes that means Russia), Cody eventually woos her and the two move to Split, Croatia. There, he encounters a world of deadly drafts, endless coffees, and the forceful will of his matriarchal mother-in-law. Chasing a Croatian Girl moves past the beautiful pictures of Croatia and humorously discovers the beauty of Croatia's people and culture.
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About the Author
Cody McClain Brown teaches at the University of Zagreb and writes a weekly blog for Croatian Radio Television's the Voice of Croatia. He has a PhD in political science and lives in Zagreb with his wife and daughter- his mother-in-law visits frequently.
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Chasing a Croatian Girl: A Survivor's Tale based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is a book for anyone wanting to get to the heart of Croatia, and a guide to the problems of living and working there. It is certainly the only book about the subject that has managed to encapsulate the country and the people. And the great bonus is that it’s very funny. It has it’s serious side, but most of it is extremely entertain tales about the author’s experiences. It’s rare for a book by an outsider who has not made an exhaustive study of a nation to do this, but just as Bill Bryson wrote the best book ever to be written about the English, so Cody Brown has done the same with Croatia. At times he writes a commentary in the first person, but for much of the time he portrays the people by describing events that happen in his own family of in-laws and to others around him. There seems to be an Anglo-Saxon tradition of humorous travel writing – Bill 0Bryson, Eric Newby, Gerald Durrell, and this is a book in that tradition. With a lightness of touch of an experienced writer, Brown is able to covey the upsides and the downsides of Croatian life – their aspirations, their fierce loyalty, their fatalism, and above all their stubbornness. And to give things their perspective, he contrasts life there with life in America. The book is written with a clearness and self-deprecating charm, and surprisingly, he manages to wrap everything in an unfolding story of his meeting his wife in the US, their courtship and their eventual moving to Croatia, giving it a narrative arch that keeps one wanting to know what happens next. I think the book will be not only a perennial handbook for visitors to Croatia but certainly a handbook for those marrying into a Croatian family.