Cause Untrue, book cover
The Barefoot Book Club as it were is having a meeting with David Blacker on his book Cause Untrue. This Wednesday at 6. That is in time to make Quiz after (8, Inn on the Green). Again, Book Club at 6 on Wednesday. Cause Untrue is an innaresting book, probably the only fun book about the war. It pastes an international espionage thriller onto what, appears to us, and ungodly mess and its detachment from the moralizing and hand-wringing is refreshing. Think what a lot of us forget is that war, on the right side of the gun, is exciting and peace is not a truly desired human state. I was reading this Dalrymple book about India and his trips about. He spoke bout how the Tigers were inspired by Rambo and Schwarzenegger films. There is still a glory and a thrill to violence, and I don’t think we can deny that. Not saying that Blacker glorifies the war, but the book is entertaining.
Blacker is a unique character in that he wrote a book, and he is very active online and on Moju. He has the perspective of a soldier, having served in the 6th Singha Rifles, but he’s also a Burgher and currently living in Germany. If perspective is an unique angle on things then he certainly has one. The book is available at Barefoot and Yapa among others (I think) and it’s well worth a read. I read it in a few quick gulps in Nuwara Eliya cause it goes down like a thriller, just set in places you know. I only wish GOSL was so organized and the LTTE so self-destructive, but it’s a good read.