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Tea Time With Terrorists: A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka's Civil War (Anglais) Broché – 16 septembre 2010

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A gripping face-to-face encounter with Sri Lankan terrorists that sheds light upon the origins of the most frightening form of 21st century warfare. Armed with a map, a motorcycle, an infectious sense of humour and a dim understanding on Sri Lankan politics, Mark Stephen Meadows arrived in the country to get a better understanding of terrorism and suicide bombing from the people who were among the first to use it - the infamous Tamil Tigers. Figuring that the first step to solving a problem is understanding it, he traveled deep into the warzone. This is his story.

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Some interesting stories, quite easy to read.
But poor political analysis... Very simplistic.
Kind of the same ideology as Avatar (the Movie). (Nature is good, books are bad.)
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HASH(0x929ad888) étoiles sur 5 A cocktail of insight, introspection, and adventure 4 mai 2010
Par Kim Pallister - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
[cross posted from my blog]

Finding himself in Europe when 9-11 happened, Meadows watched from the outside as our government and media conjured up a boogie-man of 'terrorist' that quickly took on a hype beyond even the events of that day. Questioning what he was being told to fear, and feeling that the best way to deal with fear of the unknown is to make it known, he decided to spend some time meeting some terrorists and finding out what makes them, well I suppose 'tick' is a poor choice of word.

After a little research he settled on Sri Lanka as his petri dish, flew down to the tourist capital Colombo, rented a motorcycle and headed north to the home of the Tamil Tigers and what has essentially been a war zone for ~30 years. The Tamil Tigers having the unique distinction of having invented suicide bombing and exporting that to other terrorist organizations.

Thus begins a very unique travelogue. It's part introspective, part narrative. A look at the horrors people can commit, and the beauty that people can find in living their lives despite this.

Mark comes off as two parts Indy Jones (playing motorcycle bullfighter with trucks, getting escorts at gunpoint, etc) and one part Mr Magoo (leaving the road to investigate a bombed out tank, only to realized he'd wandered to the middle of a minefield).

All the while he approaches his adventures with the type of drink-heartily-of-life gusto to which we should all aspire.

If you are looking for an insight into the mind of a terrorist (he meets and interviews several), a portrait of a beautiful country, or a great story of travel and adventure, this book is for you. It delivers on all three counts.
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HASH(0x929adad4) étoiles sur 5 Tea time with Terrorsts - a review 1 janvier 2014
Par Abhaya Premawardena - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I expected this book to be a good travel journal in the minimum or an authoritative book with discussions with important players during the civil war . it is neither . The reader is left guessing when this tour happened as there is very little of a timeline given and to the best of my guess it should have happened between 2002 and 2004 . The country that he speaks of or the groups he speaks of no longer exists in a metaphorical sense . While it makes a funny read at times it is quite historically inaccurate , most likely because the writer did not follow the events on the ground other than form afaronce he left . He tries to relate the Sri Lankan experience to the American war on terror and the war on drugs and actually does a terrible job of that ,. The payers that he manages to interview as at best marginal actors who have no real significance in the actual theater . He does not manage an interview with any actual LTTE high rank carders or any important players in the Govt .

One of the good parts I enjoyed was the part about taming the elephant , I have also heard the same story during my childhod in Sri Lanka.

It leads me to to say the same thing that his French wife had to say when he undertook the journey "How very American of you"
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HASH(0x929ada98) étoiles sur 5 A new Patrick Leigh Fermor & Burton Holmes 21 octobre 2010
Par Asmodean - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Mark Stephen Meadows is not a man of our times. In this incredible lucid, moving, and sympathetic book captures the very best of the world's great travel writers. Less an accounting of a journalists journey, "Tea Time with Terrorists" is a travelogue which captures the haunting shadows of the greatest literary travel writers, Burton Holmes & Patrick Leigh Fermor, and shows that there is still adventure to be had in the world.

Meadows shows us with an anthropologists sensitivity an exclusive inside look at the decades long struggle which has torn apart Sri Lanka and made international headlines. The book goes into the very soul of the issues at hand by interviewing Sri Lankans who have been deeply engaged in the conflict and understanding the impact on real people.

A highly readable and delicious adventure, "Tea Time with Terrorists" will elucidate you, inspire you, and take you on a road trip you couldn't have imagined. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in real life literature and travel.
HASH(0x929bf090) étoiles sur 5 Not quite five star, but decent enough. 14 décembre 2014
Par Sudewa Wanigasinghe - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I agree with Abhaya's two star review.

This book didn't end up being the impressive read that I initially expected it to be. Although I found a foreigner's Sri Lankan travel log something of an interesting novelty, there were many moments where the author's paradigm created limitations to his ability to comment on the state of the island. Throughout the book, he was an outsider looking through a window, a window composed of foggy glass. He was able to see things, but not to the point where he could flesh them out and provide us with a satisfying explanation.

Some of his historical/cultural facts and observations were either incorrect or questionable. One or two of his experiences sounded completely fabricated (from the local point of view). Its unfortunate that the misinformation Meadows encountered has found a way to spread to the rest of the world via this publication. I'm also not quite sure if he truly managed to interview anyone important, or if the people he did actually interview even took him seriously. I've had the opportunity to meet people of high caliber involved with the war, and they were much more well spoken and insightful. I'm led to believe they didn't take him seriously, hence the weak interview dialogues.

This book has its moments every now and then, and is therefore worth a quick read, but none of those moments are related Sri Lanka's culture and the recent civil war. The special parts of this book are related to other topics that are more generic.
I don't mean to sound crass, but the only people who would praise this book seriously are people who are very unfamiliar and new to the subject of Sri Lanka's recent situation..
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HASH(0x929ade28) étoiles sur 5 Seeing with open eyes 24 août 2010
Par David - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Tea Time with Terrorists crushes our stereotypes and causes us to ask ourselves the hard questions. What is a terrorist really? What do they want? And more importantly, how should we respond to such activity in order to create a world that we really want to live in. Mark Meadow's choice of Sri Lanka is brilliant, both because of the root relationship of the Tamil struggle to terrorist activity worldwide as well as its status as a "neutral" environment to study terrorism free of anti-American sentiment. The narrative is not about "dangerous tourism," rather it is about a man seeking answers to important questions, which is always a dangerous activity.
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