The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje (McClelland & Stewart 2011)
That being said, Cat's Table most certainly holds the reader's interest through an episodic, haphazard plot, reflective of the fact that it is the excavation of a child's memory (albeit told in retrospect by an adult).
Halfway through the novel, however, Cat's Table undergoes a transformation. Mynah's child-like observations give way to the far more introspective "Michael" -- Mynah's adult incarnation (as fate would have it, a famous author). "Ramadhin's Heart" is a brilliant, touching episode which demonstrates the author's narractive strengths. It is here that the reader realizes just how attached he has become to the disparate characters, through their random misadventures.
In addition, forgotten threads of story find their way back into the weft hereafter, and tighten their grip on the reader. Previously dropped stitches seem suddenly purposeful, and out of thin air, a mystery beings to unfold.
While it would be difficult to argue that Cat's Table is Ondaatje's best artistry to date, it is certainly his most accessible. Diehard fans of Ondaatje the prose stylist, may be disappointed here; however, the author will win over new audiences with this stripped down tale.