The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

There is a real poetic sense or feel to the writing. The early vignettes are beautiful sketches that take the reader back in time and allows them to picture this odd collection of tablemates bringing all their histories and personalities to the trip. But at some point this poetic impressionistic story becomes a mystery and then an attempt to unpack the impact of this mystery years later. And for me the changing styles just didn’t work together all that well.