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The Cat's Table (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307744418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2012

APRIL 2018

"He was eleven years old that night when, green as he could be about the world, he climbed aboard the first and only ship of his life."

Thus begins Mynah's adventures on the Oronsay. He is seated at the Cat's Table -- the furthest away from the Captain's Table -- but the better to see and observe the other passengers. The Cat's Table is peopled with rag-tag misfits and two boys Mynah's age. Each passenger has a part to play entertaining Mynah and his two friends. There is one most mysterious passenger: the Prisoner, who comes out at night chained to a guard for his exercise and the mysterious guard who shadows him is everywhere and nowhere. For pre-teen boys there is nothing like a mystery to improve the imagination. This book morphs through the childhood of Mynah, and reflects through his teens and into adulthood. True to Ondaatje the writing is spectacular, poetic, hard and real.

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