A wonderful read! Author Ondaatje's style of writing is beautiful. What a lovely adventure about a boy traveling from Colombo to England alone. I absolutely enjoyed the story that was told aboard the ship during its journey, but not so much the flashes into the future where the death of his friend occurred, and he talks about the end of his marriage. For me it became to melancholy and philosophical, and seem to distract from the children's adventure. There is a note from the author at the end of the book declaring the entire story is fiction but a part of me secretly feels that not all of this story is made up.