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The Cat's Table

The Cat's Table

by Michael Ondaatje

Hardback Publication Date: 01/11/2011

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a ship bound for England and at mealtimes is seated at the "cat's table" with a ragtag group of insignificant adults and two other boys. As the ship makes its way across the seas, the boys tumble from one boisterous adventure to another. But there are other diversions that are not so innocent. At night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner -- his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. As the narrative moves between the decks and holds of the ship, it tells a spellbinding story about the differences between the tender innocence of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding.
Contemporary fiction
Publication Date:
Center Point
Country of origin:
United States
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Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is the author of several novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry.

Among his many Canadian and international recognitions, his novel The English Patient won the Man Booker Prize, and was adapted into a multi-award winning Oscar movie; and Anil’s Ghost won the Giller Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Prix Médicis.

Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.

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