In case you haven’t checked it out yet, this is a reminder that our newest discussion guide is now available in print and PDF: Michael Ondaatje’s novel The Cat’s Table. This guide tackles Ondaatje’s newest, most accessible book to date, and includes:
- Plot synopsis
- Author information and bibliography
- In-depth analysis of characters, themes, symbols, and writing style
- Discussion questions
- Important quotes from the novel
About the novel: In the early 1950s, an 11-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. As the narrative moves between the decks and holds of the ship and the boy’s adult years, it tells a spellbinding story—by turns poignant and electrifying—about the magical, often forbidden discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.