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From Michael Ondaatje: an electrifying new novel, by turns thrilling and deeply moving — one of his most vividly rendered and compelling works of fiction to date.

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly "Cat's Table" with an eccentric and unforgettable group of grownups and two other boys. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys find themselves immersed in the worlds and stories of the adults around them. At night they spy on a shackled prisoner — his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.

Looking back from deep within adulthood, and gradually moving back and forth from the decks and holds of the ship to the years that follow the narrator unfolds a spellbinding and layered tale about the magical, often forbidden discoveries of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding, about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a sea voyage.

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About the Author

MICHAEL ONDAATJE is the author of novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and eleven books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize; another of his novels, Anil's Ghost, won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Medicis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780771068645
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Ondaatje, Michael
Subject:
fiction;coming of age;sri lanka;canadian;ceylon;1950s;friendship;historical fiction;novel;sea voyage;canadian literature;adventure;literature;england;travel;boys;childhood;ships;ocean voyage;canada;ocean travel;indian ocean;21st century;mystery;relationsh
Publication Date:
20110830
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.84 x 5.92 x 1 in 1.125 lb

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History and Social Science » Military » Early Modern

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