Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9780307943712 $35.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9780307943729 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2011
CD ISBN 9780307943736 $35.00 Six CDs
Michael Ondaatje’s intonation—his voice lulls and rocks—is perfect for his newest novel. Eleven-year-old Michael leaves his home in Ceylon and travels alone by boat to begin a new life in London. Michael roams around the ship with two young friends he meets at the “cat’s table,” where he dines far away from the captain with less wealthy passengers. Ondaatje’s slow pace allows listeners to savor his fine words and rich images as he describes Michael’s adventures and the ship’s eccentric characters. The story is told from the point of view of the adult Michael, who looks back on his youthful trip with poignancy and full awareness of the impact of his journey. S.W. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2011]
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