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4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  17 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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Jan 23, 2014 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Não sei se é por já ter lido vários livros sobre gatos, mas este não me entusiasmou por aí além.
A escrita da autora não ajudou, pois por vezes torna-se confusa e acabamos por perder o fio à meada.
Oct 31, 2012 Sandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Feb 15, 2014 Taksya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2011 Mayda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nessie McInness
This book isn't for everyone. The author's writing style is very peculiar, even confusing at times.
The other quirk that will not appeal to everyone is that there isn't a plot, really. It's a collection of anectdotes about a couple and their cats.

If, like me, you'll read anything about cats (because they are perfect and the best), you'll probably enjoy it. You'll get a handful of grins but don't expect "laugh out loud" humour.
Nov 23, 2011 caty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Mar 14, 2009 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yet another book in Doreen's series. Very short, very sweet, and a laugh out loud book. If you are an animal lover, you should appreciate this book. who know Siamese had such distinct personalities and you could raise a squirrel semi-domestically. Lighthearted, very english....learned a few new unknown British terms and oh so enjoyable.
Jul 27, 2011 Cal rated it liked it
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.
Mar 30, 2011 Sallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't think I LOL as much in this one, but I still loved it. I liked the chapter on Blondin - to get the 'rest of the story' on him. Highly recommended for cat lovers or non-cat lovers who may rejoice the are NOT owned by any cats! I'm just happy my 4 aren't Siamese and are thus much quieter, just as curious and aggravating and endearing, but oh, so much quieter!
Aug 18, 2012 Selenis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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".
Feb 22, 2010 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of Tovey's fun little books about her life with her cats in an English village. This one wanders far and wide, encompassing a pet squirrel, drainage improvements, and the young grandson of a neighbor. It's light, frothy and amusing, but somehow not as wonderful as the first one.
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.
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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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