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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date July 5, 2012
Pages 366
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780099554431
ISBN-10 0099554437
Dimensions 1 by 4.25 by 6.75 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $10.15
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In the early 1950s, an eleven-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, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: one man talks with them about jazz and women, another opens the door to the world of literature. The narrator’s elusive, beautiful cousin Emily becomes his confidante, allowing him to see himself “with a distant eye” for the first time, and to feel the first stirring of desire. Another Cat’s Table denizen, the shadowy Miss Lasqueti, is perhaps more than what she seems. And very late every night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and his fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.
 
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.


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Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780307700117
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 4, 2011)
9780307700117 | details & prices | 265 pages | 6.25 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $26.00
About: In the early 1950s, an 11-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England.
Paperback
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from Gardners Books (July 5, 2012)
9780099554431 | details & prices | 366 pages | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $10.15
About: In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England.
Int edition from Random House (July 5, 2012)
9780307950444 | details & prices | 269 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.32 lbs | List price $7.99
About: Literature
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (June 12, 2012)
9780307744418 | details & prices | 269 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $15.95
About: In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780307943712
 
Unabridged edition from Random House (October 4, 2011)
9780307943712 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.38 lbs | List price $35.00
About: In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England.
Library
Book cover for 9781611732245
 
Large print edition from Center Point Pub (November 1, 2011)
9781611732245 | details & prices | 311 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.08 lbs | List price $35.95
About: In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a ship bound for England and at mealtimes is seated at the "cat's table" with a ragtag group of insignificant adults and two other boys.

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