Friday, September 30, 2011

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

This is a great time of year to explore the new section of the library. The fall releases are quickly making their way onto bestseller lists. Reserve a copy of a newly arrived, or anticipated book, at your local branch.

A new release that has risen to the top of the Maclean’s and the Globe and Mail bestseller lists is Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s table. This is the story of a young boy’s three week voyage from his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) to England. The 11 year old is travelling alone and is assigned to the lowly "Cat’s Table". There he joins two other boys and an assortment of adults. As the boys roam the ship, they are enthralled by their surroundings, and the odd assortment of characters, including a young deaf girl, a rich industrialist dying of rabies, and a chained prisoner. Unsupervised, they participate in a variety of new, interesting, and often illegal, activities.

This vivid portrayal of life on board a ship has been hailed as one of Ondaatje’s best.

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