The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Cat's Table

byMichael Ondaatje

Kobo ebook | June 12, 2012

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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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Title:The Cat's TableFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030740143X

ISBN - 13:9780307401434

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from good I have read all of Michael Ondaatje's books.It was okay. not his best.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story telling Michael Ondaatje is an amazing author.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK So far it is my favourite Michael Ondaatje book. It is beautifully written and the characters are vivid and interesting.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Ondaatje spins a spell with his words. His books always force me to read more slowly, to take my time, and I appreciate that. I find his work thought-provoking, and although it lacks the suspense of books that usually keep me going, his characters make up for it. They are so fascinatingly drawn.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty neat read! When I first started reading, I found it a bit hard to get into, but after the first 30 or so pages, I was hooked! The narration was vivid and interesting, and the story didn't seem to have a set path; it was like the reader was just there with the kids on that ship. The ending was quite satisfying too! Overall, a great book!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid read I'm not crazy about some of Michael Ondaatje's other books, but this one was thoroughly enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Love this book, full of interesting charactors. Loved the many adventures on the boat, a unique story.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Super story. First book I have read by this author but certainly not my last. Highly recommended. Please read it soon.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Michael Ondaatje has the most wonderful way of describing things. He paints a picture in your head and makes you want to meet his characters. A nice easy read with short chapters and a great storyline.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable! I loved this story about 3 young boys on a voyage to England. Well crafted, with great characters. Another great novel by Michael Ondaatje!
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hit or miss I am so torn on this book. I love Michael Ondaatje but I just couldn't get into this story. It was a miss for me, but might be a hit for you.
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cats Table I was a little disappointed since thhe book received much fanfare
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Cat's Table A piercing tapestry of compelling autobiography and hypnotic fiction.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The cat,s table Very interesting and Very interesting book
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The cat's table Engrossing, and beautifully woven together. It felt real; I too was a small boy of 11 travelling from India to England on an ocean liner, and our experiences jibe.
Date published: 2014-07-01
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 Not a book I would recommend This book just never seemed to end. There were too many subplots and I understand that it is suppose to be about memories of his trip and not current events, but it seemed jumbled to me. Not a fan.
Date published: 2014-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cat's Table Enjoyed this, could not put it down.
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Cat's Table The book started well but I lost interest in these young people. Too bad, I kept expecting more.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Cats Table by Michael Ondaatje This is one of those books that you are not sure if you liked it or not. The characters were colourful,the narrator you learnt about but the plot is still a mystery to me. It wasn't a hard read but it was certainly not one where you stop bathing to keep reading.
Date published: 2013-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cats table Really a very boring read. Unbelievable characters, nonsensical story.
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Table This novel has character, which is more than I can say of many novels that have only characters.
Date published: 2013-10-01
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 4 out of 5 by from Coming of age Since I like boating it was my book for drifting into summer. The story has things for all ages. It does give you a good prospective in the life of travellers while in transit. Entertaining and has capacity to pull you in and fell the life while we get aquinted with all the passages and their past not so certain futur... I did enjoy the book A good read for the summer...
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imaginative This is an easy to read and very entertaining book. I recommend it as a bedtime book.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Evocative tale of a boy finding his way in the world, so much more than an adventure story
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Title of Review Testing review integration. This is my review.
Date published: 2012-12-04
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