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  - jenn88 - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - lunacat - LibraryThing

It's the early 1950's and Michael, an eleven year old Sri Lankan boy boards a ship heading to England, to his mother and to a new life. He, and two other boys of the same age, Cassius and Ramadhin ... 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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