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by Michael Ondaatje
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The Relaxed Ravenous Reader
The Relaxed Ravenous Reader rated it 4 years ago
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 4 years ago
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 5 years ago
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 5 years ago
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 5 years ago
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 ...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 5 years ago
This was beautifully written and characterized. If I was reluctant to give it five stars, well, I've had a run of special books lately; I read this on the heels of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, and in comparison this didn't move or amaze me as much or make me think, "yes, I will reread this."...
Margitte's Reviews
Margitte's Reviews rated it 5 years ago
Michael was eleven years old that night when, green as he could be about the world , he climbed aboard the first and only ship of his life, the Oronsay, sailing for England from Colombo.Unbeknownst to him, the twenty-one days at sea would become twenty-one years of schooling, molding him into the ad...
madbkwm rated it 6 years ago
So I liked this, but it was a bit too neat. I liked that it all took place from the point of view of an 11 year old boy running amok. As an adult many years later he has the vantage from which to interpret things that he saw as a child; my husband and I have had many conversations about the freedo...
Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it 6 years ago
meganbaxter rated it 6 years ago
Sitting at the Cat's Table is the least prestigious seat, but the one from which you can see the most. The Captain's table is on display, for others to look at - at the Cat's Table, you have all your time free to watch everything going on about you. There seems to be an underlying metaphor here for ...
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