Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 030740143X
ISBN - 13: 9780307401434
From the Publisher
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.
From the Hardcover edition.