Cats Table

By Michael Ondaatje
(Random House Export, Paperback, 9780224093620)

Publication Date: September 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the 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
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2011 Indie Next List



NPR
Friday, Sep 30, 2011

Michele Norris talks to Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje about his new novel The Cat's Table. More at NPR.org

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  1. The epigraph is taken from the short story “Youth” by Joseph Conrad: “And this is how I see the East.... I see it always from a small boat—not a light, not a stir, not a sound. We conversed in low whispers, as if afraid to wake up the land.... It is all in that moment when I opened my young eyes on it. I came upon it from a tussle with the sea.” How does this set up the major themes of The Cat’s Table?

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