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It wasn't, we discovered as the months went by, that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese. Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband Charles acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice, although they worry about the cat attacking the birds. But Sugieh is not just any cat. She's an iron hand in a delicate, blue-It wasn't, we discovered as the months went by, that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese. Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband Charles acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice, although they worry about the cat attacking the birds. But Sugieh is not just any cat. She's an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove; an actress, a prima donna, an empress of cats, and she quickly establishes herself as queen of the house. Finding themselves thus enslaved, Doreen and Charles try to minimise the chaos she causes daily: screaming like a banshee, chewing up telegrams, and tearing holes in anything made of wool. But there is worse to come, as soon Sugieh decides she is ready to become the Perfect Mother. She and her adorable kittens devote themselves to tightening their grip on the Tovey household....

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ISBN : 9781840244526
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Number of Pages : 155 Pages
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Cats In The Belfry Reviews

  • Rebecca Foster
    2019-02-01 17:28

    Do you think your cat is noisy and troublesome? Be thankful you don’t have Doreen Tovey’s Siamese cats! This 1957 book was the first of her many cat-themed memoirs and is perfectly delightful for any animal lover. Their first Siamese was Sugieh, who loved nothing more than to jump into a full bath and frighten the life out of the bather. They bred her and kept two of the littermates, Solomon and Sheba, a mischievous pair whose first three years of antics fill much of the book: terrorizing dogs, pulling down the curtains, following horses, and developing, er, ‘refined’ tastes – “What with spiders, string, and the occasional butterfly caught napping on a cabbage which he ate wings and all, Solomon was, of course, frequently sick. But never, ever, was he so gloriously sick as the day he ate the cream cakes.”Reviewed with four other cat books on my blog, Bookish Beck.

  • Isabel
    2019-02-22 17:18

    Um livro descontraído, onde a autora nos conta alguns episódios "sui generis" dos seus gatos, com os quais, qualquer leitor que partilhe a vida com estes felinos, se consegue identificar. :)

  • Courtney
    2019-02-20 16:31

    A couple in England find themselves at a loss when their home become over-run by mice. In desperation, they go out and buy a Siamese kitten in the hopes that she'll be able to stop the invasion. This is the start of a life-long love for the breed, and many happy - and hilarious - adventures. I really liked this one - it had me laughing right from the start. Any pet owner can sympathize with the troubles the Tovey's cats stir up, although their Siamese seem determined to take it to new heights. You have to agree with their assessment that their neighbours must have thought they were going mad by the end of the first four years. The narrator, Jacqueline Bishop, did an excellent job of giving voice to Mrs. Tovey, bringing life to the characters and stories, and adding emphasis at just the right times to make the stories funny. I'd definitely listen to a book by her in the future.

  • Melody
    2019-01-27 20:14

    Hilarious and wonderful. A real comfort read for me, this tale of Siamese cats and their human slaves in England never fails to transport me. Re-read 2/2010I still love this book, as anthropomorphic and silly as it is. It's the more-or-less true story of how a nearly textbook dotty English couple who live in a picturesque English cottage in a picturesque English village lose control of their lives to some Siamese cats with personalities as large as the oceans. There are numerous falls down stairs and roofs, tumbles into water butts and bathtubs, and of course there are curtains torn down and food rejected as inferior. If you are a cat lover, I recommend this book to you.

  • Katherine
    2019-02-13 16:29

    I loved this book! The writer's description of what the cats were really thinking/saying/doing was hysterical and the memoir has a fantastic voice. Makes me nostalgic for the days when my family still had our Siamese cat... but not so nostalgic that I'm going to run out and find one for myself. Was an interesting revelation to find out that it is common for Siamese cats to eat wool. Explains so much.

  • Helena
    2019-02-11 17:11

    Kissaihmisenä on aina ilo lukea kissoista :) Siamilaisista kissoista minulla ei ole omakohtaista kokemusta, joten tätä lukiessa mietti, onko kirjoittajan kuvaus niiden äänekkyydestä ja omaehtoisuudesta jopa väritettyä ja liioiteltua vai ovatko ne oikeasti näin röyhkeitä. Jos ovat, taidaan tyytyä omaan nöyrään ja vähään tyytyvään ragdolliini, jolla on persoona silläkin.

  • Vanessa
    2019-02-07 13:22

    Recensione: http://ilibrisonounantidotoallatriste...Il motivo per cui Doreen Tovey e suo marito Charles decidono di portare a casa il loro primo gatto, la bellissima siamese Sugieh, è semplice e banale: topi. Casa loro ne è infestata. Ma appena la gatta si insedia nella sua nuova reggia, mette subito le cose in chiaro con quei due buffi umani: lei è il capo, ogni sua parola (o meglio, miagolio) è un ordine. Sugieh è una vera prima donna, mangia solo quello che dice lei, dorme ovviamente nel letto padronale, fa i bisognini solo se la lettiera è all'altezza dei suoi standard, entra in casa solo se non ha impegni di vita mondana che la trattengano altrove ed è corteggiatissima da tutti i gatti dei dintorni.. ma è anche dolce e affettuosa, e i suoi occhioni sono irresistibili. Cosa resta da fare ai suoi padroni se non accontentarla in tutto? Quando poi da alla luce una nidiata di gattini altrettanto inarrestabili, la vita diventa davvero un'avventura e i guai si moltiplicano!Questo è il primo libro di una serie tutta felina un po' datata, la cui pubblicazione è iniziata originariamente alla fine degli anni '60, composta da ben 14 libri, che l'autrice ha dedicato tutta ai gatti con cui negli anni ha condiviso la vita. In Italia ne sono arrivati solo cinque e recentemente questo primo volume è stato ristampato dalla Longanesi in una deliziosa collana economica tutta dedicata agli animali. Copertina a parte (che senso ha un persiano, e per giunta molto incazzato, sulla copertina di un libro che parla di siamesi?Mistero lol) ho trovato questo libro davvero delizioso e uno dei rari casi in cui lo 'slogan fascetta' in copertina si è dimostrato davvero veritiero. Insomma, quante volte i vari 'Non riuscirete a smettere di leggerlo' 'Vi conquisterà il cuore come nessun'altro' 'Questo libro ti cambierà la vita' hanno mantenuto la promessa? Questa copertina dice 'Il più divertente libro sui gatti che abbiate mai letto' e lo è. Ho riso tantissimo, certe scene mi hanno fatto veramente ribaltare dalle risate, è stato divertentissimo leggere dei vizi e dei guai che questa gattina e i suoi cuccioli combinavano, soprattutto perchè ho rivisto i miei gatti in alcuni dei loro comportamenti. E' stata una lettura che ho davvero apprezzato moltissimo e che ha portato una ventata di allegria e tante risate !

  • Mickey
    2019-01-25 12:10

    I loved this book. I've had several friends with Siamese cats and it's hard to believe that this book was written so long ago, because it totally describes them. For that matter, it describes my 3 non-siamese owners. (let's not kid anyone- they own me, not the other way round!)Especially the way the cats voiced their opinions In Capitalized Exclamations and the general behavior when taken anywhere in the car.

  • Helena
    2019-02-14 16:21

    Another re-read. I love Doreen Tovey's work, which puzzles most people I know. She writes about English country life and Siamese cats, and the way she does it makes me laugh out loud.

  • LyndaIn Oregon
    2019-02-11 17:38

    Tovey's laugh-out-loud misadventures as a first-time slave to Siamese cats are what set me on a decades-long relationship with these charming devils. Still funny after all these years.If you've ever been owned by a Siamese, or if you're considering mortgaging your soul to one, or even if you just enjoy reading about the antics of these critters, whose personalities are as big as their voices, you'll enjoy this tale.

  • Ceri
    2019-02-08 13:38

    A soothing read full of humour and wonderful descriptions of being 'owned' by a Siamese cat. Thoroughly recommend!

  • Elaine
    2019-02-08 14:25

    Very funny story about an English couple's life with their 2 Siamese cats.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-19 16:13

    Very, very funny... will read the whole series now.

  • Silvia80
    2019-01-27 17:18

    Doreen Tovey e suo marito Charles in seguito alla morte del loro scoiattolino hanno bisogno di un animale capace di dare la caccia ai topi. Chi meglio di un gatto? La siamese Sugieh al primo incontro sembra una diva del cinema, le lunghe zampe affusolate, gli occhi chiari e la camminata da padrona del mondo. Nel momento in cui arriva nella sua nuova casa classifica come babbei pronti ai suoi voleri i loro padroncini. Per la prima notte e da allora dorme nel letto, predilige crema di granchio, fegato, pancetta e conigli. Il veterinario li ha già avvertiti, se ami un animale, ne diventi lo schiavo! Impiegano davvero poco tempo ad apprendere il significato di quelle parole. La scelta della sabbia nella cassettina dei bisogni, le notti di luna in ottobre quando si rifiuta di rientrare, sfogarsi buttando giù la gabbia dell'uccellino...Sugieh è diventata la padrona di casa, invadente, monopolizzatrice, furba, ruffiana ma anche coccolona. Esilaranti avventure accadranno nella famiglia Tovey, specialmente dopo la nascita dei gattini. Amate i gatti, avete un gatto siamese? Allora questo libro fa per voi. Ripenserete a qualche episodio divertente accaduto al vostro felino.

  • Chloe Nakai
    2019-02-23 17:26

    The General summary of this book would be that there are these couple and they used to have a mouse (not domesticated) but they loved it until it died. After that they got a new cat named Sugieh she grew up to become sort of like a remake of their old mouse, even if the cat was like a new version of their mouse she was crazy and unpredictable. After they had Sugieh for a while she started to disappear out of the house a lot and her owners were very curious about where she was going cause she had been coming back only during the nighttime. After a while Sugieh had kittens, finally a realization clicked in her owners minds. But after a while Sugieh decided to become the perfect mother, she would dash through the hall and dash back to the room her kittens were in although she would always drop her favorite kitten down the stairs (Lovingly) That was Solomon that Sugieh had always dropped because Solomon was her favorite kitten.

  • Eccentrika
    2019-01-24 15:25

    Chi ama i gatti, non potrà che trovare simpatica questa serie di Doreen Tovey, tutta incentrata sulle avventure dei suoi gatti siamesi. Questo primo episodio è molto carino, anche se, da gattofila sfegatata quale sono, avrei preferito che si parlasse di gatti comuni, anziché solo ed esclusivamente di siamesi e quindi come scelta narrativa l'ho trovata un po' "razzista". Comunque ci sono alcuni punti davvero divertenti, nei quali non si può fare a meno di confrontare i propri gatti con quelli del libro, ma a volte la comicità diventa forzata, quasi esasperata, e mi ha stufata un po'... In definitiva questo libro non è male, ma devo dire che da come era stato presentato mi aspettavo di meglio. Ovviamente leggerò anche gli altri della serie, e vediamo se cambierò idea.

  • Bodwisebooks
    2019-02-21 19:21

    Hi I liked this story very much, I can appreciate the patience these people have with the cat. we have a Chocolate seal point Burmese and the things he gets up to can be quite funny but sometimes surprising. My book is a very good conditioned Hardback with good dust cover (sadly not a first edition) but a 1962 6th impression. which I have in my collection accompanied by many others by Doreen Tovey. Which I will add to on here when I get to read them. If you enjoy these books then another author to try is Gerrald Durrell.

  • Dee-Ann
    2019-02-09 20:30

    I think that 4 starts might be pushing it, but I suddenly had this vision at the end that this book would make a decent kids film (Disney you should think about it) in that the cats get up to some very funny antics ... it was hard to think of them as cats for much of the time, probably ebcause the author did not. I liked her labelling of the cats or the situation at times eg. The Morning he Wanted to Be a Horse. I think this would be a good book for prospective parents, of cats or children.

  • Melodie
    2019-02-04 14:36

    This was yet another recommendation from someone..? as it came in from another library special order.Very very quick light, fun read.Who knew siamese cats could be so cunning and entertaining.This was "extremely" funny and actually a good read for a parent to read to a child as well. I will be looking for the follow up of this by same author.self-note: yarn/knitting mentioned briefly in book.

  • Judio
    2019-02-19 14:24

    A comment by Jilly Cooper, on the cover of the book, reads: "The most enchanting cat book ever", and I have to agree with that assessment. This book has had me chuckling on every single page. Tovey has a remarkable gift for writing cat language, for want of a better way to describe it - and I don't think that the reason I found the book so enjoyable is only because I like cats or owned some in my life.

  • Rebecca Buttigieg
    2019-02-02 13:10

    I first read this book in my early teens, and I loved it... even though I didn't like cats. Quite a few years later I have finally got my hands on a copy of my own - and I still love it! Now that I have cats, some parts made me laugh even more.This book is one of the funniest books I have ever read, and I recommend it even if you are not a cat-lover.

  • Márcia
    2019-02-22 13:23

    I could never finish a bad book - so, I don't think this is a bad book. However, it didn't make me fall in love with the characters, neither humans or felines. It's an easy and fast reading, but not exactly fulfilling. I guess that, as said before, it's only funny if we had been there. It ends up being some well not boring amount of facts and memories for those cats.

  • David Serxner
    2019-01-25 20:31

    This is one I re-read all the time for a good laugh. I am pretty sure my copy is one I got in England who knows when, or maybe my Mother brought it back or someone did for me. I know it is hardbound. Great book. Makes me remember my squirrel since the Tovey's started out with one.

  • Sallie
    2019-02-18 13:14

    Dear Melody Marie Murray sent me her very own copy of this book, and the next one the author wrote about her cats. It is laugh outloud funny, and makes me forever grateful my cats are NOT Siamese. Mine are demanding enough without that Siamese voice. Thank You Ms Murray!

  • Xanthi
    2019-02-19 19:28

    I enjoyed this book, even though it was tinged with some sadness. What I liked best about it, was the humour. Also, living with a part Siamese cat myself, I sure could relate to a lot of the antics the author's cats got up to and what it is like to live with such cats.

  • Leann
    2019-01-25 14:39


  • Kerry
    2019-02-10 17:32

    Although this book was written in the 1950s it is still funny and a nice easy read. Having had a couple of Bengal cats I understand the frayed nerves and premature grey hairs!

  • Helena
    2019-02-14 18:18

    A catlover's dream!

  • Tasia
    2019-01-24 14:17

    It's an amusing book for those who like Siamese cats, and is funny in places. Some problematic, outdated language concerning other cultures, though.

  • lazulisong
    2019-02-14 20:29

    The first time I read this book I was in a college library and I laughed so hard I ugly cried in the stacks.