A lot of people are going to hate me for this rating! I love quiet, contemplative novels. In fact, some of my favourite works of contemporary fiction are of this very nature – The Sea, Homer & Langley & Out Stealing Horses, as great examples. The Cat’s Table just doesn’t hold a candle to these books. I really wasn’t engaged with the story or the characters. There was a hopeful moment of interesting reading at the very end of the story but it was, I suppose, too little, too late.
I am sorry, Mr. Ondaatje.