One measure of literary merit is how well a work resists simple thematic summary in noontide toll unfortunately the schematic purpose of almost every element is all too evident. Noontide toll is a book with an ambition to capture the present uncertainty of a post war sri lanka before development and the bright promises of future with memories obscured by rose tinted glasses. Noontide toll comes from the same wellspring as gunesekeras early work the booker shortlisted reef and the underrated monkfish moon in all three books simple stories told in delicate prose . Pico iyer reviews noontide toll by romesh gunesekera. Noontide toll is a moving chronicle of hope triumphing over despair from the author of the match
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