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Top 40 Book Club : 2012
23 ThE CAT’S TABLE MIcHAel oNdAAtJe When 11-year-old Michael boards the Oronsay, the ship taking him from Colombo to England, he is unaware of the adventure that awaits. At the ‘cat’s table’, the table for the least significant passengers, Michael meets Cassius and Ramadhind and together the boys discover the magic of their floating playground. As they uncover the ship’s hidden secrets, and get swept up in the lives of the other larger-than-life characters, they find themselves in that place where childhood begins to grow up. Michael Ondaatje is an original and masterful storyteller and his latest story glides rhythmically through the reader’s imagination like the boat itself.