The Cat`s Table

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly "Cat`s Table" with an eccentric and unforgettable group of grownups and two other boys.

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From Michael Ondaatje: an electrifying new novel, by turns thrilling and deeply moving -- one of his most vividly rendered and compelling works of fiction to date. In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly "Cat`s Table" with an eccentric and unforgettable group of grownups and two other boys. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys find themselves immersed in the worlds and stories of the adults around them. At night they spy on a shackled prisoner -- his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. Looking back from deep within adulthood, and gradually moving back and forth from the decks and holds of the ship to the years that follow the narrator unfolds a spellbinding and layered tale about the magical, often forbidden discoveries of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding, about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a sea voyage.

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Author(s)/editor(s)
Michael Ondaatje
Format
Hardcover
ISBN-13
9780771068645
Language
English
Manufacturer/Publisher
RANDOM HOUSE
Number of pages
288
Release date
August 30, 2011
Brand
CANADIAN MASS MEDIA INC
Product Identifiers
Walmart Item #
30231109
SKU
10068924
UPC
978077106864

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