The Cat's Table

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Vintage, 2012 - Boys - 366 pages
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In the early 1950s, eleven-year-old Michael boards a huge liner in Colombo bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the lowly 'cat's table' - as far from the Captain's Table as can be - with a ragtag group of adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean the boys tumble from one adventure to another, and at night they spy on a shackled prisoner - his crime and fate a mystery that will haunt them forever ...

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User Review  - Rhiannon Ryder - Goodreads

Many moons ago, back in a immigrant lit course, I was introduced to the wonder of Michael Ondaatje's beautiful writing. The English Patient was a transcendent experience for me, and then later I read ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

The Cat's Table is told through the eyes of Michael, one of three pre-pubescent boys traveling unchaperoned from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to England sometime during the 1950s. The three become fast pals ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka in 1943. In the 1950s he moved to England, and went to school in south London. In 1962 he emigrated to Canada, where he has lived ever since. His books include his memoir, Running in the Family, numerous collections of poetry, and five novels - including The English Patient which won the 1992 Booker Prize.

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