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The Cat's Table
by Ondaatje, Michael
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1. Why do you think the opening passages of the book are told in third person?

2. For several characters --- the three boys and Emily among them --- the journey represents a loss of innocence. For whom does it have the greatest impact?

3. How does the death of Sir Hector factor into the larger story?

4. What was your reaction to the revelations about Miss Lasqueti?

5. Miss Laqueti signs off her letter, Despair young and never look back, an Irishman said. And this is what I did (page 231). What does she mean?

6. When Emily says to the narrator, I dont think you can love me into safety, (page 250), to what is she referring? What is the danger, decades after the voyage?

Additional discussion questions from: Reading Group Guides
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