Neon Noon is written by Tarun Solanki and published by
Well one liner for this novel is-you love it or you hate it
but you cannot ignore it. This book revolves around a guy (honestly the hero’s
name is nowhere mentioned in the book. It is written in first person.) who is
lost, confused and what not. This guy is a trying to be a writer, the love of
his life Anne Marie has left him. Don’t ask the reason behind the break up, it
was never mentioned in the book. He decide to take a break and lands in
Pattaya. In Pattaya he binge on beer and sex .
While exploring Pattaya, he lands in a bar, where he meet
Noon. He brings her to his room and deep connect is formed. He looks at Noon
not as a prostitute but as a fellow human being, whose lover also ditched her,
when he moved to London for further studies. But before the bond can be
strengthened, a Korean pays money and marries Noon. Before bidding final
goodbye, the noon gifts him her best friend and makes him promise, that they
both will meet again around Christmas, if the things don’t work out with
The book is slow, dark and chaotic at places. It is
definitely not for light read. The plot is scattered and the significance of
certain characters, has not been dealt in deep. Even after completing the whole
book, I was unable to understand the significance of the lesbian character.
The good thing about the book is, it shows light on the
mindset of Thailand prostitutes . We take prostitutes only as body provider,
but there are many other human facets, which needs to be explored.
Why should you read the book:
- Good English
- Crisp Editing
- If you like dark novels, then this one is for you.