Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Adventure on the High Seas

The Cat's Table
By Michael Ondaatje

Genre: Adult Literary Fiction

Review: Ondaatje's most autobiographical novel yet. The poetic language expected from the author of The English Patient, Anil's Ghost, and Divisadero doesn't disappoint. The story is a strange mix of the adventures of three boys on the Oronsay, a ship traveling from Sri Lanka to England, along with reflections on interpersonal relationships and quirky characters. The structure of the storytelling was interesting. Interludes into the present-day as the main character looked back to his three-week high seas adventure. Overall, this book is more about savoring the language for me, than enjoying the plot. Not my favorite by him, but worth reading.

Favorite Quote from the Book: "We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to loosen and untie."

Song to Read by: "Southampton" from the Titanic soundtrack, by James Horner

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