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Cats in May

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  133 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Toveys attempt to settle down to quiet life in the country. Unfortunately, their tyrannical Siamese cats have other ideas. From causing an uproar on the BBC to claiming to have been kidnapped, Sheba and Solomon's outrageous behavior leaves the Toveys at their wits' end. Meanwhile, Doreen has to contend with her husband's disastrous skills as a handyman, a squirrel that ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1959)
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Cronologicamente parlando, questo libro è direttamente successivo a "Roba da gatti" e racconta, come nel precedente, le disavventure dei Tovey con i siamesi (Solomon e Sheba), con i vicini e con gli altri animali del passato (qui ci raccontano ancora le avventure con lo scoiattolo Blondin, causa diretta dell'arrivo dei simalesi in casa Tovey).
Scritto alla fine degli anni '50 del secolo scorso, presenta ancora situazioni legate alla scarsa modernità del loro cottage e della società britannica in
Sarah Sammis
The book was okay but I leave the book feeling that I know no more about Doreen, Charles and their cats than before I started reading the book. I just never managed to connect with Tovey's writing style and the chapters had the feeling of being stories that were only funny if one had been there.

Avere in casa due gatti vivaci rende la vita movimentata.
Avere in casa due gatti siamesi vivaci può rendere la vita (vagamente) catastrofica.
Sheba e Solomon, i due felini di cui l'autrice ci parla in questo libro (che è il seguito di Roba da gatti), sono due mici tutto pepe, ringalluzziti dalla loro recente comparsa in televisione: cosa che li fa apparire ancora più superbi di quanto non lo sia comunemente un micio.
Tra le pagine di Gatti con le ali Doreen Tovey racconta le marachelle e i disastr
Meet Sheba and Solomon, Siamese cats-at-large. They reside with the Toveys, Doreen and Charles, in a 250-year-old cottage in Somerset, England. It would be a mistake to refer to the Toveys as “owners.” They are more correctly called “companions” and “care-givers.” Mrs. Tovey’s charming writing style, along with her wit, will captivate you as she regales you with the antics of these two cat creatures. Thrown in for good measure are a nibbling, brandy-drinking squirrel, hand-raised from babyhood, ...more
Devo dire che questo secondo episodio di questa saga gattosa mi ha un po' annoiata. Soprattutto nella prima parte è tutto improntato sulla scia del libro precedente, sembra di leggere quasi le stesse cose, una sequela di aneddoti e divagazioni sparse sulla vita dei coniugi Tovey con i loro gatti e i loro strampalati vicini. Alcune vicende sono abbastanza divertenti, altre meno... poi fortunatamente dalla seconda metà in poi le cose migliorano e i contenuti diventano un po' più interessanti. Però ...more
Apparently a sequel, but amusing hijinks of the Toveys and their pets. In particular, their Siamese cats.

This is good old fashioned light entertainment. Keeping a pet squirrel; Siamese cats prowling in the snow; how are pets react to our illnesses (really, you’re still in bed? Because, I’m quite hungry). If you like animals, then this is pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Eu adoro livros sobre animais.
Sobre o viver com eles e amá-los.
Sobre o quão surpreendente e fantásticos eles são.
E sobre o quanto eles nos enriquecem e alegram o dia mais horrível que possamos vivenciar.

Mas desculpem... este livro é chaaato, chatinho.

While I really enjoyed the descriptions of the cats, and how much they "talked," the writing style made it hard to enjoy. There are way too many instances of going off on some random tangent right in the middle of a sentence. It's in practically every other paragraph. By the time the original sentence is finished, we've forgotten what the first half said.
Arrancou-me várias gargalhadas. No entanto, ficou aquém das expectativas, talvez por tantas referências a raças... mais que "Gatos em Maio", devia chamar-se "Siameses em Maio"...

Made me laugh several times but still didn't quite meet the expectations. Maybe for all the references to "pedigree".
Finished it today - charming little book :) I was particularly amused with the antics of Blondin the squirrel. The cats reminded me a bit of my first cat, Dusty, who was half Siamese.
all Doreen Tovey books are fabulous!! and Fun and full of laughs
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Doreen was born in Bristol on 24 October 1918. At this time a flu epidemic was raging and her mother died from this leaving her two week old daughter to be brought up by her Grandmother, as her father, being an engineer, was away from home for long periods of time.

It was this upbringing that introduced Doreen to a variety of pets, as Grandmother was an inveterate rescuer of anything in need.

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