The Cat's Table

by Michael Ondaatje

Knopf Canada | June 12, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Cat's Table is rated 1.3333 out of 5 by 3.
From Michael Ondaatje: an electrifying new novel, by turns thrilling and deeply moving -- one of his most vividly rendered and compelling works of fiction to date.

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 and unforgettable group of grownups and two other boys. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys find themselves immersed in the worlds and stories of the adults around them. At night they spy on a shackled prisoner -- his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.

Looking back from deep within adulthood, and gradually moving back and forth from the decks and holds of the ship to the years that follow the narrator unfolds a spellbinding and layered tale about the magical, often forbidden discoveries of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding, about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a sea voyage.


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Published: June 12, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030740143X

ISBN - 13: 9780307401434

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's not what you'd expect While reading the description of the book I thought that it would be about a boy and his adventure aboard a ship headed to England. I thought he would be finding out amazing secrets and getting into trouble. However the book focuses on secrets that aren't out of the ordinary and adventures are slim to none. This book focuses more on character development. If you are interested in a book about personal growth and discovery I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Story about Nothing! Three very different boys become unlikely friends while traveling across the ocean to start a new life in England. The setting is a grand ship, there is an abundance of unusual characters and even a shackled criminal who gets to walk the deck after dark - but nothing happens. There is potential for a great adventure but it never materializes. The boys get into mischief, have some new experiences and gain insight into the lives of their various dinner companions, but overall the story never gets going. Unfortunately the Cat’s Table sinks to the bottom of my reading list.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing!!!!!!!! There have been soooo many good things said about this book, but I'm wondering if we all read the same book. I'm sad to say, I have read approximately 50 pages of this book and I can't get much further. This book is slow, boring and truly not worth the hype that it was given. When I BUY a book, I usually make a point of reading it, even if the book isn't that good....but this book is way too difficult to get to the next page. It is plain old boring and pointless. If you must read this book because you are a Michael Ondaatje fan, borrow it from a friend, get it from your local library....but don't buy it, it really isn't worth the money. At 50 pages.....I'm on to the next book....can't read any more of this one.......maybe in a couple of months I'll try again.
Date published: 2012-10-27

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The Cat's Table

by Michael Ondaatje

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 12, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030740143X

ISBN - 13: 9780307401434

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From Michael Ondaatje: an electrifying new novel, by turns thrilling and deeply moving -- one of his most vividly rendered and compelling works of fiction to date.

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 and unforgettable group of grownups and two other boys. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys find themselves immersed in the worlds and stories of the adults around them. At night they spy on a shackled prisoner -- his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.

Looking back from deep within adulthood, and gradually moving back and forth from the decks and holds of the ship to the years that follow the narrator unfolds a spellbinding and layered tale about the magical, often forbidden discoveries of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding, about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a sea voyage.


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