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Tea Time with Terrorists: A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka's Civil War

Tea Time with Terrorists A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka s Civil War Armed with a map a motorcycle an infectious sense of humor and a dim understanding of Sri Lanka s war author artist and adventurer Mark Stephen Meadows arrives in the country intending to have

  • Title: Tea Time with Terrorists: A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka's Civil War
  • Author: Mark Stephen Meadows
  • ISBN: 9781593762759
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Armed with a map, a motorcycle, an infectious sense of humor, and a dim understanding of Sri Lanka s war, author, artist, and adventurer Mark Stephen Meadows arrives in the country intending to have, as it were, afternoon tea with terrorists Figuring that the first step to solving a problem is understanding it, he journeys north into the war zone, interviewing terrorists,Armed with a map, a motorcycle, an infectious sense of humor, and a dim understanding of Sri Lanka s war, author, artist, and adventurer Mark Stephen Meadows arrives in the country intending to have, as it were, afternoon tea with terrorists Figuring that the first step to solving a problem is understanding it, he journeys north into the war zone, interviewing terrorists, generals, and heroin dealers along the way.He discovers an island of beauty and abundance ground down by three decades of war As he travels north through Colombo, Kandy, and the damaged city of Jaffna, Meadows gives his riveting take on the war Known for child conscription and drawn out torture methods, he explains, the Tamil Tigers also invented suicide bombing and were the first to lace together terrorists and financiers into international networks of militant uprising.In Sri Lanka, Meadows discovers a deep view into an ancient culture Along the way, he learns to trap an elephant, weave rope from coconut husks, and cast out devils, and he actually has tea with a few terrorists This is the inspiring story of his journey and an enlightening meditation on the interconnectedness of globalization, the media, and modern terrorism.

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    1 thought on “Tea Time with Terrorists: A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka's Civil War

    1. I was mailed this book by a friend in Colorado, or else I may have never heard of it. And what a gift it was, considering that I lived for the first 24 years of my life in Sri Lanka and also took a motorcycle journey around the island once, albeit when things were much saner.Mark Meadows, avid traveller and adventurer, takes it upon himself to travel to Sri Lanka in 2003, during a ceasefire in the country’s 26-year civil war, to interview both government and rebel leaders on how they viewed th [...]

    2. I felt like the author didn't really know which direction to take this book. Some parts were direct statements and analysis of various "independence" groups & individuals in the Sri Lankan civil war (namely, the Tamil Tigers), other parts were larger connections to "global terrorism" and/or the War on Terror and still others were just about him bumming around Sri Lanka on his motorcycle. Maybe that was his intent. Either way, it just didn't work that well for me. It was an interesting read, [...]

    3. Meadows has a very interesting writing style. It is quirky and fun. He turned a very difficult into a very readable book. I highly recommend reading this book if you are interested in Sri Lanka.

    4. I came across the book on while looking for recent writing on Sri Lanka for a trip that I am planning next month. Recently, I have been reading a lot of travelogues trying to figure out what makes one good or bad. The bad ones are annoying and self-serving; they're about the author more than the location. To those authors: few readers care about you and your discovery that Italy has good pasta and red wine and that is somehow a unique experience.The good travelogues are about the location, and [...]

    5. This book is fundamentally about the characteristics of terrorism and is really not for everyone. Fortunately the central topic is veered away from by the author's observations of everyday life on Sri Lanka as he motorcycles up and down the island in search of terrorists and their truths- otherwise the book would have been relentlessly grim.The back of the book mentions the author's "infectious sense of humor". Apparently the person who wrote that didn't read the book.The cultural, political and [...]

    6. Read on my way to Christmas time with Adam, Maja, Carl and Chloe. Lots of air time and thank you, George, for the recommendation. I really liked his bigger question--what really and who really is a "terrorist" and why have we crafted such an "us/them" world, especially encouraged by George Bush's 9-11 reaction. And I like the way he tried to answer it by interviewing some "terrorists" on both sides of the recent civil unrest in Sri Lanka led by the Tamil Tigers. He found his terrorists amazingly [...]

    7. "War, like media, exists because we are social. War exists because we organize ourselves into groups, and those very groups create a threat to other groups that are neighbors. We are as warlike as we are sociable. It is because we are sociable that we are warlike. These twins require one another, and will always be linked." (pg.233)Meadows communicates his experience of Sri Lanka by creating relationship with Sri Lankans through his openness, acceptance and compassion. He links his gathered know [...]

    8. I don't read much non-fiction, but this was definitely worth the time. A very personal yet intricate view into a conflict that I feel not a lot of folks my age - particularly in the United States - are really aware of, especially in such microcosmic terms.

    9. I heard Mark speak at our local library and was mesmorized by his story. He was engaging, so I bought his book. It's a wonderful read for anyone interested in non-fiction tales about how residents of war torn countries handle life.

    10. Kind of interesting. I was hoping for more about the people in the country and less about the countries war history.

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