Dec 09, 2022
The Cat's Table
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[PDF] The Cat's Table | by ↠ Michael Ondaatje, The Cat's Table, Michael Ondaatje, The Cat s Table A spellbinding story by turns poignant and electrifying about the magical often forbidden discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage In the early s an eleven year old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England At mealtimes he is seated at the cat s table as far from the Captain s Table as can bA spellbinding sto [PDF] The Cat's Table | by ↠ Michael Ondaatje - The Cat's Table, The Cat s Table A spellbinding story by turns poignant and electrifying about the magical often forbidden discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage In th

  • Title: The Cat's Table
  • Author: Michael Ondaatje
  • ISBN: 9780224093613
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Hardcover
[PDF] The Cat's Table | by ↠ Michael Ondaatje, The Cat's Table, Michael Ondaatje, The Cat s Table A spellbinding story by turns poignant and electrifying about the magical often forbidden discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage In the early s an eleven year old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England At mealtimes he is seated at the cat s table as far from the Captain s Table as can bA spellbinding sto

[PDF] The Cat's Table | by ↠ Michael Ondaatje - The Cat's Table, The Cat s Table A spellbinding story by turns poignant and electrifying about the magical often forbidden discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage In th

Jamie Bradway

It s a four star book with five stars I ll explain in a minute.I m still thinking on the Cat s Table I ve enjoyed Ondaatje s poetry than his novels and this book seems to straddle those categories a bit He writes beautifully on the visual and emotional fronts He structures long works creatively and I m still trying to decide how well this one works for me.The Cat s Table is, primarily, a story of a three week voyage by ship, from Colombo to London Its focus is on three unrelated and unsupervise [...]


Finishing a book and feeling compelled to turn to the first page again to reread it is not something I do a lot but The Cat s Table is just such a book The writing is quietly beautiful and the description of the long vanished world of a 1950 s trip on an ocean liner is perfect The reread offers extra insights into that world and underlines the complexity of Ondaatje s story telling There are many hints of the events to come but they remain quite subtle, not at all menacing In fact the dramatic e [...]


A Trip through the LiminalIt s hard to imagine today but in 1953 Michael, who was eleven years old, traveled by ship from his native Sri Lanka to England with virtually no adult supervision He had an aunt traveling in first class who chatted with him a few times throughout the trip when they happened to meet on deck but other than that he was on his own There was a vast distance between steerage, where Michael berthed, and first class In steerage he mixed with the crew, an odd assortment of acad [...]

Saleh MoonWalker

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Megan Baxter

Sitting at the Cat s Table is the least prestigious seat, but the one from which you can see the most The Captain s table is on display, for others to look at at the Cat s Table, you have all your time free to watch everything going on about you Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


Michael 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, the Oronsay, sailing for England from Colombo.Unbeknownst to him, the twenty one days at sea would become twenty one years of schooling, molding him into the adult he would one day be, when he joined the cat s table, the least important place to eat on the ship The lessons he picked up from the adult company filled up several pages of his old school exercise [...]

Glenn Sumi

No one writes poetic prose like Michael Ondaatje But his gorgeous, sensuous language and piercing insights into the human condition sometimes impede the flow of his latest novel.The Cat s Table takes place on a ship called the Oronsay in the early 1950s, heading from Sri Lanka then Ceylon to England, where Michael we ll get to that name later , the 11 year old narrator, is heading to live with his estranged mother.The title refers to the dining table for the ship s misfits, who include the narra [...]


Cat s Table the ocean liner equivalent of the kiddie s table, only leavened with a motley group of adult ne er do wells as well It s where little Michael Ondaatje, age 11, sat on a memorable thus, the book voyage aboard the Oransay many decades ago In this book, we meet not only Michael but his comrades in mischief, bad boy Cassius and thoughtful Ramadhin The three of them do what bored boys do get into trouble and spy on interesting adults, especially interesting women like Michael s cousin Emi [...]


The Cat s Table would have been enchanting as just a series of character sketches and picaresque vignettes, culminating in an affecting reassessment as an adult of the connections made as a child That a genuine mystery emerges during that short but momentous voyage gravitating around a menacing, shackled prisoner who is only let out under highly and unusually protected conditions at night is a splendid, intriguing bonus.If The Cat s Table is not Ondaatje s best novel yet oh, but I think it is , [...]


Ondaatje s latest novel is, perhaps, his most approachable yet It lacks the somewhat foreign ness of Anil s Ghost and the intellectual ness of Divisadero It s been too long since I read The English Patient to adequately come up with a comparison But most importantly, it has the same almost lyrically beautiful prose of other novels It also reads faster It is a page turner not so much because the story is riveting, but because the prose flows so easily.The Cat s Table takes place, mostly, on a shi [...]


It is a long while since I read The English Patient and I had forgotten how well Ondaatje writes This is the tale of a journey Michael is 11 and travelling unaccompanied on an ocean liner the Oronsay from Colombo to London via Aden, the Suez Canal, the Med , where he is to meet his mother There is a relative aboard who will keep a distant eye on him, but Michael is pretty much left to his own devices Michael teams up with two other boys in a similar situation Cassius and Ramadhin They sit on the [...]


A very satisfying read that left me with a lot of lingering emotions And delayed insights about the mysteries of how we grow into our adult selves Michael reflects back on a long journey on an ocean liner he took in the early 50 s when he was 11, travelling from his life with his emotionally distant father in Ceylon now Sri Lanka to his mother in England, where she moved after a divorce.He is poorly supervised by a female family friend who travels in first class Michael makes friends with two ot [...]


The Cat s Table is the story a 11 year old boy named Michael, told by him and describing his three week journey from the land that was once called Ceylon to the grand country of England by sea Michael is a lone traveler, leaving the only country he knows for a completely unknown one On the ship he quickly befriends two other fellows his age, and the merry brigade is up to do some mischief, hear the stories that adults tell and spy on the mysterious shackled prisoner With such a premise, The Cat [...]


I love the cover on this book The font, the sepia tones, the old fashioned liner being tossed atop a sea that looks askew, all hint at a journey of the past that did not go smoothly The story is told in the first person from the perspective of an older man recalling the past it is of himself as an 11 year old leaving his life in Sri Lanka to join his mother in England Some events take a lifetime to reveal their damage and influence He must go alone on a 3 week journey by ship He is still a child [...]

John C.

The author s most famous claim to fame is his novel The English Patient which when on to become a successful movie at the box office That was a good movie and the book was extremely well received.The reviews on this novel The Cat s Table seem mixed although my review is straightforward It bored me to tears Why I even finished it I will never know.The story revolves around a few adolescences on an ocean liner set sail from Colombo headed for Britain I believe it was set in the late forties or ear [...]


It s not the opening sentence Stuff happens before that Our narrator, 11 year old Michael, aka Mynah, but not aka Michael Ondaatje we are told in an afterword , has already boarded a ship from Colombo and bound for England He is assigned to the Cat s Table, that one farthest from the Captain s table in distance and prestige, and he meets two boys his age And then, there it is Sleep is a prison for a boy who has friends to meet.Spend a year, spend five years, and try to write a better sentence th [...]

Julie Christine

Read this quiet, poignant book for the quality of its prose, but prepare to be surprised by the force of its plot The Cat s Table is the story of a three week sea voyage on the ocean liner Oronsay, as seen through the eyes of 11 year old Michael It is 1954 and Michael has set sail from his native Colombo, Ceylon now Sri Lanka en route to London, where his mother awaits It is not unlike the voyage the author took in the same era, at the same age as his main character, though the author s end note [...]


How could i not love a book that starts with a quote from Joseph Conrad Youth The hero of that short story is a wide eyed innocent in love with the sea and laying eyes for the first time on the mystery and vibrant life of the Orient.Mirroring this story, The Cat s Table is not about cats, but about the voyage of an 11 year old boy from the exuberant life of Sri Lanka to the cold shores of England It taps into the magic of the ocean liner, from the Titanic, to Lusitania, to movies like La Leggend [...]

Frances Greenslade

I heard Michael Ondaatje being interviewed by Shelagh Rogers on CBC radio the other night She spent the first portion of the interview asking him about the autobiographical aspects of the novel and, strangely, he said, somewhat dismissively I thought, that he wasn t interested in writing about himself He said his writing is driven by curiosity, implying that autobiography isn t.He then went on to confirm all the parallels between the novel and his own life I don t begrudge him the fictionalizing [...]


Perhaps I d better start with the novel in case it appears inconsequential, just tagged on to the end as an afterthought I might give the impression that it was lacking in some way, that it failed to engage me Not so, not so It was as wondrous as I d hoped and wished for, maintaining a breathtaking balance between re enacting the naivety of that eleven year old on the boat and the seasoned hindsight of the man that he became But there was something else that intrigued me that has no great bearin [...]

Dee at EditorialEyes

For this review and others, visit the EditorialEyes Blog 5 out of 5Amid the excitement surrounding the release of George R.R Martin s newest book, A Dance with Dragons, I also heard a common complaint Martin, many of his truest fans contend, takes far too long between installments, leaving readers hanging for years at a time.Michael Ondaatje, one of Canada s literary superstars, doesn t seem to garner the same complaint, despite breaks of five to eight years between titles His admirers await his [...]


The Cat s Table brought me back again to how much I love Michael Ondaatje s writing I think that how much you like this book depends very much on how much you like Ondaatje generally.The story is simple a young boy s three week boat voyage in the 1950s from Sri Lanka to England, his friendships with two boys his age, his connection with a young girl on the boat, and various other relationships formed there and their echoes over the years after.Michael despite the similarities of name and place, [...]

James Barker

There was a time I thought Michael Ondaatje was the kind of writer that could spin gold out of any straw story like a literary Rumpelstiltskin Coming Through Slaughter a work of genius In the Skin of a Lion damn close Divisadero a little too precious to be a 5 star book but still worthy of a read But THIS Is this the law of diminishing returns The story of a boy s journey by the castle of a ship from Sri Lanka to London it apes the author s own experiences and should surely therefore be of a wi [...]

Always Pink

sadly ate my first review, and I do not like having to rehash my thoughts, but this exquisite little gem of a novel certainly deserves an effort I found it faultless, filled with wonderful vignettes, a lot of wisdom and precious observations It will be my gift of choice for special friends from now on I just wish I would have read this book on a journey, maybe even on a sea journey To imagine myself reclining on a deck chair, sighing over a phrase or a chapter and then to lift my eyes to the sea [...]

Morana Mazor

Dugo sam i arko eljela pro itati ovu knjigu, ali nekako me malo razo arala Onako, ok je Kroz o i jedanaestogodi njeg dje aka pratimo putovanje prekooceanskim brodom, 50 ih god pro log stolj od Cejlona do Velike Britanije Ma ji stol naziv je stola u dnu blagavaonice za kojim je smje ten glavni junak, njegova dva prijatelja i skupina specifi nih, odraslih likova I tako ta tri dje aka tijekom putovanja promatraju, oslu kuju ljude i doga aje na brodu A ljudi i doga aja ima zaista interesantnihKroz k [...]


This book has a very slow start and the whole narration is slow I wanted to give up after the first pages, but now I m glad I ve read it.It isn t only the story of Michael nicknamed Mynah , a 11 years old boy, who travels in the 1950s for 21 days on a ship from Sri Lanka to England to join his mother The reader reads about his life and adventures on the ship during those days but there is much friendship, introspection and the passage from childhood to adolescence and then to adulthood.The narr [...]


Acquiring wealth he has also acquired a complete faith in the advancements of Europe Perhaps this would prove to be his fatal flaw.The last time I treated with a work such as this was in 2013 with Mr Vertigo, back when my biggest concern was whether or not one could make a switch from a career in engineering to that in English after three and a half years of study with maximum efficiency and a minimum of capital I ve moved on from that to today s worries about jobs and health insurance and movin [...]

Leslie Reese

About a week after friend Lisa Shorney added the title to her TBR list, I saw this book at the library and decided to borrow it A breath of fresh air Full of surprising imagery and strange words like coelacanth and trireme This is the first book by Michael Ondaatje that I have ever read and it probably won t be my last I guess he is best known for The English Patient 1992 and other prose works but Ondaatje has also published at least 11 volumes of poetry, and a poetic style informs this book.In [...]


I finished Michael Ondaatje s The Cat s Table today Gorgeous He s an absolute master of prose, imo Though he writes that the book is fiction, it reads almost as a mix of an autobiographical remembrance of a series of events centered around a ship voyage from Ceylon to Britain when the protagonist is 11yo musings on how seemingly small events, chance encounters, memories can alter the path of one s life Part seems so real, so grounded in reality, yet much of the writing has the dreamy, hazy quali [...]

T.D. Whittle

There are quite a few good reviews on The Cat s Table already, so I am not going to go into explanations about plot, etc I rarely choose books based on plot, anyway, and discussing it too much bores me When I do get in the mood to read for plot, I read genre books or popular fiction, not Ondaatje What I believe brings most of us readers to Ondaatje is his lyrical language, his exquisite prose styling, and his rendering of subtle and complex characters whom one imagines it would be fascinating to [...]

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