Noontide Toll by Romesh Gunesekera

Noontide Toll is about a man named Vasantha, who is a retired clerk living in Sri Lanka and spends his days as a driver. Vasantha represents the essence of Sri Lanka and the working man. He puts all of his savings into this minibus that he uses to drive people around. His motivation is to learn about others and help other people with his driving services. Throughout the book, Vasantha changes and ends up learning about himself through his experiences with the vast amount of people he drives around. The book is structured with multiple short stories, each involving a person or group of people that Vasantha is driving. It takes place after the civil war and tsunami, and the stories demonstrate the effect that these events had on people’s lives.

This was an emotional book, and it taught me a lot of history about Sri Lanka and it’s people. I really enjoyed the style of the book, with little clips from different people’s lives. Some parts of it were very hopeful, especially with the teenage boy who shows interest in Vasantha’s stories, which gives him hope for the future generation. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, because this book has a lot of truth to it and a lot of interesting historical aspects. It also focuses on the importance of remembering our past because history has a tendency to repeat itself.

-Christina

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July 27, 2016

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