Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje

Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje

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by Marilyn Herbert, Jo-Ann Zoon
     
 

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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 in and out of the…  See more details below

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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 in and out of 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. Michael Ondaatje is a master storyteller and uses symbols and imagery in a most unusual way. The Bookclub-in-a-Box guide for Michael Ondaatje’s book will spark discussion around the following topics: Is this novel a memoir or a work of fiction? Are youthful experiences simply adventures? How do they impact the adults we become? Immigration involves changing countries, new languages, different cultural traditions, and learning how to interact with a diversity of new people. Do Children adapt more easily than adults? Every Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927121153
Publisher:
Bookclub-in-a-Box
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
82
Sales rank:
1,002,229
File size:
980 KB

Meet the Author

Marilyn Herbert, the creator of Bookclub-in-a-Box, located in Toronto, Canada, is an international speaker and writer. As a former teacher and school librarian, she adapts her education skills to the effective and thought-provoking consideration of literary fiction and film. Bookclub-in-a-Box has over sixty published guides for contemporary novels. The company was established in 2002 and has an international customer base and subscriber list. Our discussion guides offer an interactive, yet educational, platform for interpreting and enjoying modern fiction. They are ideal for use by book club members, teachers, students and all readers.

Jo-Ann Zoon has a background in freelance writing, editing and broadcast communications. She has worked for CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) in publicity, account management, media buying and on-air promotion. With a passion for book clubs, Jo-Ann is now a writer and marketing agent with Bookclub-in-a-Box.

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