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The Cat's Table (Paperback)
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The Cat's Table (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 05/07/2012
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'What had there been before such a ship in my life? A dugout canoe on a river journey? A launch in Trincomalee harbour? There were always fishing boats on our horizon. But I could never imagine the grandeur of this castle that was to cross the sea'. In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner in Colombo bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the lowly 'cat's table' - as far from the Captain's table as can be - with a ragtag group of adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean the boys tumble from one adventure to another,and at night they spy on a shackled prisoner - his crime and fate a mystery that will haunt them forever...

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099554424
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"One of the most admirable and enthralling literary novels of the year" * Daily Mail *
"Extraordinary" * Guardian *
"Superbly poised between the magic of innocence and the melancholy of experience" * The Economist *
"Michael Ondaatje's impressive new novel, containing dreams and fantasy between a ship's flanks...is, in the most etymological way, a wonderful novel: one full of wonders" -- Philip Hensher * Daily Telegraph *
"Atmospheric, elegiac and at times, like Ondaatje's most famous novel, The English Patient, unbearably poignant" -- Sebastian Shakespeare * Tatler *

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“Great read”

This is an easy reading tale of an 11 year old Sri Lankan boy who is travelling on his own to England to meet up with his mum who emigrated a few years earlier. Although it isn’t an autobiographical story, it has the... More

Paperback edition
17th August 2012
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“A wonderful read”

I found this to be an enchanting story of boyhood, reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. The adventures of the central 3 little boys were very credible, my own nine year old would have done all the same things! The... More

Paperback edition
17th August 2012
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“Very readable”

A very readable story centred around a boy’s journey aboard a 1950s liner from Colombo to London. Although the story is not autobiographical it is very believable and the description of Michael’s adventures with his... More

Paperback edition
28th July 2012
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