The Cat's Table (Large Print / Hardcover)

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"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.

— lynn

October 2011 Indie Next List


“In a story of intricate delicacy and beauty, Ondaatje not only tells the wondrous story of three boys at sea -- a journey that takes them each from one world to another and into the realm of adult ways and mysteries -- but also one that has the reader in thrall to what it is to look back and remember. The Cat's Table is a luscious, bittersweet rumination on imagination, memory, and place, and what we find by reclaiming what we've lost.”
— Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“In a story of intricate delicacy and beauty, Ondaatje not only tells the wondrous tale of three boys at sea -- a journey that takes them each from one world to another and into the realm of adult ways and mysteries -- but also one that has the reader in thrall to what it is to look back and remember. The Cat's Table is a luscious, bittersweet rumination on imagination, memory, and place, and what we find by reclaiming what we've lost.”
— Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611732245
ISBN-10: 1611732247
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: November 1st, 2011
Pages: 311
Language: English
Series: Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print)