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The Cat's Table Hardcover – 25 Aug 2011

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; 1st Edition edition (25 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224093614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224093613
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Part memoir, complete masterpiece... Written with tenderness, wisdom and sharp emotional recall, this is an exuberant elegy to innocence." (Maggie Fergusson Intelligent Life)

"It's impossible to explain through any discussion of plot and character the hypnotic brilliance of The Cat's Table. The joy of boyhood and the darkness at its edges are conveyed in sense of extraordinary imagination... It is entirely... well, Ondaatje-esque." (Kamila Shamsie Guardian, Books of the Year)

"Grave and playful at the same time, beautifully written and moving." (The Times)

"One of the most admirable and enthralling literary novels of the year" (Harry Ritchie Daily Mail)

"Grace, humanity and despairing romance are central to the art of Michael Ondaatje. Although the narrative flutters and sighs and even drifts, this is such an attractive, melancholic and engaging work of connections and disconnections that it does not matter" (Irish Times)

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From the acclaimed author of The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion: a stunningly beautiful and moving new novel about a boy's life-changing journey from Ceylon to England in the 1950s.

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