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The Cat's Table
The Cat's Table
Author: Michael Ondaatje
From Michael Ondaatje: a stunning new novel, by turns poignant and electrifying?one of his most vividly rendered works of fiction. — In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a ship bound for England, and at mealtimes is seated at the ?cat?s table? with a ragtag group of ?insignificant? adults and two other boys. As the ship makes its way...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780307700117
ISBN-10: 0307700119
Publication Date: 10/4/2011
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 2
My preference is a novel written in the first person, but once into this story I enjoyed the authors script. The story itself was fascinating. It is difficult to tell at the beginning where the story is going, but I found the characters fun and mysterious so I was able to stick with it. I was surprised at the turn the story took, tying everything together. But it wasnt until the end that it all made sense, or most of it anyway. Told by the man that was once a young boy, flash forwards, I guess you would call them, to the present time made an interesting point of view and perspective. I would recommend this book to others, but it may not be the type of prose for everyone.
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Story of 11-year-old Michael and his two friends and their adventures (mostly unsupervised) on a three-week voyage from Sri Lanka to England in the 1950s. Much like the voyage, the novel takes a long time to get to the dramatic moment that is hinted at. Liked it, didn't love it.


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