The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Book title: The Cat’s Table

Author: Michael Ondaatje

Bibliographic entry Ondaatje, M. (2011). The cat’s table. Random House Audio.
Description An eleven-year old boy, Michael, boards a ship for a long voyage from Colombo to England.  As young boys will do, he befriends 2 other boys and together they explore all the nooks and crannies of the ship, getting in and out of trouble.  One day they witness a murder and are reluctant witnesses to solving the crime.
Reaction This tale is told through the adult’s eyes looking back on the boyhood voyage.  It’s so realistic, that it seems to be, at least in part, autobiographical of Ondaatje’s experiences.  A page turner.
Recommended age level Intermediate/Senior
Subjects/themes Coming of age, adventure, survival
Curriculum connections English: read a variety of student- and teacher-selected texts from diverse cultures and historical periods, identifying specific purposes for reading
Awards LONGLIST 2013 – IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Miscellaneous The audiobook is narrated by the author.


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