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The Resource The cat's table, Michael Ondaatje, (electronic resource)

The cat's table, Michael Ondaatje, (electronic resource)

Label
The cat's table
Title
The cat's table
Statement of responsibility
Michael Ondaatje
Title variation
cats table
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the early 1950s, 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 be--with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: one man talks with them about jazz and women, another opens the door to the world of literature. The narrator's elusive, beautiful cousin Emily becomes his confidante, allowing him to see himself "with a distant eye" for the first time, and to feel the first stirring of desire. Another Cat's Table denizen, the shadowy Miss Lasqueti, is perhaps more than what she seems. And very late every night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and his fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. As the narrative moves between the decks and holds of the ship and the boy's adult years, it tells 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
Summary
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. Looking back from adulthood, the narrator relates a tale about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage.
Storyline
Pace
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Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2012.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book 2011
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10004059
Cataloging source
Y2A
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
The cat's table, Michael Ondaatje, (electronic resource)
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=106ECE92-3F99-4843-80FE-17A4E3367D55
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn767828922
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780307700452
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
106ECE92-3F99-4843-80FE-17A4E3367D55
System control number
(OCoLC)767828922
Label
The cat's table, Michael Ondaatje, (electronic resource)
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=106ECE92-3F99-4843-80FE-17A4E3367D55
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn767828922
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780307700452
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
106ECE92-3F99-4843-80FE-17A4E3367D55
System control number
(OCoLC)767828922

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