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 Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1943. He moved first to England and then, in 1962, to Canada, where he has taught at the University of Western Ontario, London, and Glendon College, Toronto. A poet and novelist, he has had a continuing interest in theatre, film and publishing. His novel "The English Patient" (1992) won the Trillium Award, the Governor General's Award, and the Booker Prize, and it was made into a successful film. "The Passions of

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