The Cat's Table

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Random House UK Limited, 2012 - Fiction - 366 pages
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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 group of grown-ups and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, the boys become involved in the worlds and stories of the adults around them.

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User Review  - jimgysin - LibraryThing

"I don’t think you can love me into safety." There are plenty of evocative lines and insights to be found in this latest work from the author of THE ENGLISH PATIENT, but this one--spoken platonically ... Read full review

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User Review  - ZaraD.Garcia-Alvarez - LibraryThing

The narrative, at first, is plodding and slow as if to mimic the intensive labour one requires in building a foundation. This foundation begins with the voice of a young boy, Michael, who is both ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

MICHAEL ONDAATJE is the author of five previous novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. "The English Patient" won the Booker Prize; "Anil's Ghost" won the "Irish Times "International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Medicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.

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