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ONDAATJE, Michael. The Cat's Table : A novel. (Toronto): McClelland and Stewart, (2011). First Canadian Printing. Pp. (12),-269,(9). 8vo, tan clothwith copper lettering to spine. Ondaatje's novel was shortlisted for the 2 011 Scotiabank Giller Prize. "In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes, he is seated at the lowly Cat's Table with an eccentric and fascinating group of adults and two other boys, Ramadhin and Cassius. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean,through hte Suez Canal, and into the Mediterranean, the boys are drawn in to the worlds and stories of those around them, tumbling from one adventureand delicious discovery to another. And later, in the darkness, they are t ransfixed by the night walks of a shackled prisoner -- his crime and fate agalvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. But there are other dive rsions as well: one man tells of his life with women and jazz, another opens the door to the magical realm of books. The narrator's elusive and beautiful cousin, Emily, becomes his conmfidant, allowing him to see himself 'with a distant eye' for the first time and to feel the first stirrings of desire. And there is the shadowy Miss Lasqueti, who will come to reveal unexpected mysteries of the heart. 'What had there been before such a ship in my life?' As the story moves from the decks and holds of the ship to the narrator's adult years, it unravels a spellbinding tale about the often forbiddendiscoveries of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding, about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage." -from the dust jacket. Very good in very slightly nicked, unclipped dust ja cket. Signed without inscription by Ondaatje on the title page. 28.00
Title: Cat's Table : A novel. First Edition in dustjacket, signed.
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 2011, ISBN:9780771068645:
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