The Cat's Table
By Michael Ondaatje
(Center Point, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781611732245, 311pp.)
Publication Date: November 2011
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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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- 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?