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The Cat's Table - Michael Ondaatje
The Cat's Table
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In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England - a 'castle that was to cross the sea'. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly 'Cat's Table' with an eccentric group of grown-ups and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian... show more
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England - a 'castle that was to cross the sea'. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly 'Cat's Table' with an eccentric group of grown-ups and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys become involved in the worlds and stories of the adults around them, tumbling from one adventure and delicious discovery to another, 'bursting all over the place like freed mercury'. And at night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner - his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. As the narrative moves from the decks and holds of the ship and the boy's adult years, it tells a spellbinding story about the difference between the magical openness of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding - about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage, when all on board were 'free of the realities of the earth'. With the ocean liner a brilliant microcosm for the floating dream of childhood, "The Cat's Table" is a vivid, poignant and thrilling book, full of Ondaatje's trademark set-pieces and breathtaking images: a story told with a child's sense of wonder by a novelist at the very height of his powers.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780224093613 (0224093614)
Publisher: McLelland
Pages no: 269
Edition language: English
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The Relaxed Ravenous Reader
The Relaxed Ravenous Reader rated it
3.0 Adventures in the Oronsay
Title: The Cat's Table Author: Michael Ondaatje Publisher: Vintage Canada Publication Date: Jun 12th 2012 Page Numbers: 269 pages Blurb In the early 1950s in Ceylon an eleven-year-old boy is put alone aboard a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the insignificant "cat's table"--as...
Rod Raglin
Rod Raglin rated it
2.0 Childhood imaginings that lead nowhere
Three young boys bond on a on a three week sea journey that is taking them to new lives in England. What can happen in these confined quarters over a short period of time? Not much, actually, but Michael Ondaatje would have you believe that the hijinks and drama that takes place would shape and in...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
bookshelves: autumn-2011, published-2011, radio-4, seven-seas Read from October 07 to 22, 2011 ** spoiler alert ** Book at Bedtime in 10 episodes.Blurbies - The Cat's Table follows the course of a 21 day voyage from Colombo to Tilbury on a luxury passenger ship called the Oronsay. It is the earl...
Just a book blog
Just a book blog rated it
1.0 The Cat's Table
For the life of me I can't figure out why I wanted to read this so badly when it first came out.I found this book to be all over the place. It's an overly descriptive, painfully slow book about ZzzZzz. Talking about it bores me.
I am Brad, and I am a book addict
I am Brad, and I am a book addict rated it
4.0 This came to me at a weird time
I adore Michael Ondaatje's writing, and this book didn't disappoint in any way, yet it took me a full five months to finish a book that should have taken me three days, and it would have taken me that long a year ago. Over the last five years, I found book reading became an obsession bordering on ...
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