April Book Discussion - The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

  • April 6, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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We decided to read The Cat's Table for our next book.

The description:

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 crosses the Indian Ocean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: they are first exposed to the magical worlds of jazz, women, and literature by their eccentric fellow travelers, and together they spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. By turns poignant and electrifying, The Cat’s Table is a spellbinding story about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood, and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.

Thanks for the location suggestion, this place sounds like a great place!

We usually chat for the first 15-20 minutes before beginning any discussion about the book.

See you there!


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  • Shannon

    Great discussion about a blah book.

    April 7, 2013

  • Violet R.

    I enjoyed the discussions including those not related to the book. :)

    2 · April 6, 2013

  • Jackie B

    Sitting in the back...

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't get a chance to finish reading the book.
    See you next month.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too late to read the book - but will be there next month!

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sad that I won't be able to make this one as I really enjoyed the book and was looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts!

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't had a chance to read it yet, and likely won't in time for the meeting. Sorry. I'll try to attend the one the following month.

    March 30, 2013

  • Sharon R.

    Look forward to seeing you all again.

    March 9, 2013

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