The Cat's Table (Vintage International) for my book club a few months ago. It was my pick. It's weird because I hate the jungle and my first pick for book club was set in the jungle and I don't really like reading about the ocean and I've already picked 2 books for us to read about the ocean. This is one of them.
I am in love with Michael Ondaatje's poetry in The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems so I was interested in reading one of his novels.
This one is fictional, but semi-autobiographical. It takes place in the 1950s and follows a young boy's trip across the Indian Ocean from Colombo to England. He's seated at the "cat's table," which is the furthest from the Captain's table and is made up of poor nobodys.
Interesting, right? That's why I picked it. But to be honest, I found the writing just a tiny bit pretentious and I didn't love it, even though the story is quite good. So there you have it!
Maybe read the poems.
As for The English Patient (Everyman's Library (Cloth)), never heard of it.