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4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  10,778 Ratings  ·  1,510 Reviews
Una volta ogni nove vite può succedere qualcosa di straordinario... L'ultima cosa che vuole Gwen Cooper è un altro gatto, visto che ne ha già due. Per non parlare del suo lavoro più che precario e del fidanzato che l'ha lasciata col cuore a pezzi. Ma un giorno il veterinario la chiama per raccontarle la storia di un micino di due settimane cieco e abbandonato. E amore a pr ...more
Hardcover, Parole, 300 pages
Published March 2010 by Sperling & Kupfer (first published August 25th 2009)
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Stefanie I think most teens and up would be able to read it. There's nothing bad per se, but it's not 100% happy the whole way through and there are some bits…moreI think most teens and up would be able to read it. There's nothing bad per se, but it's not 100% happy the whole way through and there are some bits that you worry about Homer in but overall it's a good book(less)

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Mar 20, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
Sometimes you see little kids clutching books at the library and dramatically telling their friends, "OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER" and I kind of feel that way about Homer's Odyssey, but I will try to have more dignity about it.


Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I will say that this is different from the roughly one million other books about cats who teach their humans about love and life in that the author Gwen Cooper is not, how you say, socially awk
From a ridiculously long list of "to-read" books, I chose, shortly before the start of Passover, HOMER'S ODYSSEY: A FEARLESS FELINE TALE, OR HOW I LEARNED ABOUT LOVE AND LIFE WITH A BLIND WONDER CAT as my next "read." The coming of Passover had nothing to do with my looking at the shelves of waiting-to-be-next books and making Gwen Cooper's memoir the chosen one. Nevertheless, this choice turned out to be another "message" from the universe that, in a life in which so many occurrences seem rando ...more
I don't want to sound unkind, but I fear that will be inevitable.

Gwen Cooper seems like a perfectly nice person, even if a bit self-important, but I feel like if she were in my wider social circles and I found out she was attending a function I would be like "...oh. Really? Gwen's coming?" because there is something about her tone that is unbelievably irritating.

A friend bought this for me as a present because I have a blind kitten of my own (Dirty Diana, who is now 8 months old and has had bot
When it comes to owning cats, I think a good rule of thumb is that one cat is fine, two are better (they keep each other entertained), but having three cats is bordering on making one a crazy cat lady if you are of the female persuasion. (Notice you never hear of a crazy cat man -- why is that? )

Anyway, Gwen already had two cats when she heard about Homer. Poor little Homer; born with a serious eye infection. The vet had to remove both eyes to save him, and then finding an adoptive home for the
Sep 20, 2009 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
It is not fair to say that I "read" this book. To be honest, I read up to page 120. I never give up on books and usually force myself to persist until the end. Even one of my favorite books of all time, "The Poisonwood Bible," I almost gave up on several times during the first 100 pages. Recently, when the Goodreads newsletter came out and, at the top, it said "you've been reading Homer's Odyssey for 70 days" I was appalled. I knew I was having a lot of trouble finding time to read it, but let's ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature, 2012-reads
Really an exceptional read, and written much better then I had expected. I loved how Cooper started each of her chapters off with a quote from The Odyssey, and then proceeded to weave the quote into the story of her little blind dynamo kitty. Homer's Odyssey is much more then just a cat story. It's a book that can challenge all of us humans to live up to whatever potential we have within us.

After laughing, crying and cheering over Homer's saga, I was left with the almost overpowering urge to fi
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
OMG! I am in love with Homer! This cat Gwen rescued from her vet is the most touching stories I have read in a while. He was brought in by some people at around 3 weeks with messed up eyes. They said they found him and wanted him euthanized. Well the vet wasn't having any of that, she removed his eyes and when no one wanted him, her last resort was to ask Gwen who already had two cats and couldn't afford another one at the time. She couldn't help herself and took him!

The stories about Homer lea

UPDATE: Since reading this book, I've been following Homer and his antics on his Facebook page and his mom's blog. Sadly, Homer passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. He was sixteen years old and lived such a full and loved life. Homer has touched my heart and the hearts of many others. Here is his mom reading from her book where she met Homer for the first time. Here is a touching blog post written by Homer's mom in his honor.
“Every animal who’s given the chance to love and be loved can ma
Emily S.
Feb 15, 2016 Emily S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**ETA: reread in 2016 for a challenge. Still love it.**

I don't even know where to begin with this one. This is a book that I won through Goodreads' First Reads program, and might be one of the best books I've ever come across. No, scratch that. It IS one of the best books I've ever come across. I laughed, I cried, I gripped the couch cushions in terror, I raged at the unfairness of people. In short, I ran the gamut of every emotion known to man while reading this book.

Homer is adopted as a blind
Kelly V
Dec 07, 2010 Kelly V rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat people
I really likes this book a lot. People who know me are totally aware of my near-obsession with cats, and that I am very involved in cat rescue, and that am fostering lots of cats at any given moment. I can't get enough of Lolcats and can lose hours at and But when it comes to reading longer stories about animals and animal rescue, I usually can't handle the overabundance of sappiness (and sometimes self-righteousness) that is ever-present. So I am happy t ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 24-years-old Gwen Cooper was already "mommy" to two cats, Vashti and Scarlett. So when a veterinarian friend asked Gwen to consider adopting a blind black two-week old kitten, Gwen was hesitant....this seemed like a lot to take on. But the sweet loving kittie immediately won Gwen's heart and "Homer" joined the family in the South Beach neighbohood of Miami.

Despite his inability to see, Homer was anything but a 'fraidy cat'. The intrepid kitten was everywhere, investigating everything. He cli
Apr 15, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diane by: A gift from Mary Jo for my birthday in 2009
The primary reason for giving this book 5 stars, in addition to my obviously loving it, is because of the author. This is a genuine animal lover/animal rescuer who wants nothing more than to tell what Homer, a cat with no eyes that she adopted, did for her (and not vice-versa).

Gwenn already had 2 rescued cats, Scarlett and Vashti, when a young and kind-hearted vet called her to tell her about a young abandoned kitten whose eyes had to be removed because they were so badly infected. Gwenn says s
Feb 21, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While it is clear that Homer the cat has a spunky and fun personality, the the book dose not. Cooper's pace at times seemed like she was given a writing assignment and she was working hard to meet the required word count. She is very clever at putting words into the actions and meows of her cats. Instead she writes almost entirely about herself finally becoming a grown up while she was taking care of three cats. As grown-ups we know that choosing an apartment requires an assessment of the family ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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I enjoyed this book, for the most part. It's written well, stylistically, and Homer is a fascinating little guy. I loved reading all about his life.

The addition of other facets of the author's life was less interesting, but I can see why it was necessary to do so.

The philosophical ramblings of the author are what lost this book a star and a half for me. It went on and on and on about the nature of love and bravery and the universe, and I got bored. Very bored.

But still. Cat. Cute, brave, adven
Aug 17, 2013 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Homer's Odyssey was a book I discovered merely on a 'whim' while searching for other feline tales to sniff at and swoon over. Humbly told, it is an outstanding yet sweet and inspiring account of a very brave little kitten to a very brave little cat living his life in exploration of the world around him. What I found most moving was the fact that his disability had the opposite effect to the way he lives his life; he pursues it with endless wonder plainly for the fact that he desires to both see ...more
Nicole *`((O_O))`*
I am so glad I have this book because I am in love with this book. AND...I AM CAT LOVER! :) Oh Homer, I really want to meet him!

My favorite part:
The first time I discovered his latest achievement was by accident. I awoke early one morning and stumbled into the bathroom. Flipping on the light, I found that it was...already occupied, Homer balancing on the edge of the toilet seat.
"Oh, I'm sorry," I said automatically, still half asleep. It was only after I'd left, considerately closing the door b
Alissa Bach
Jan 09, 2012 Alissa Bach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat People and anyone who loves a good animal story
"Exrtraordinary Dog" stories are a dime a dozen, so much to the point they've practically become cliche, typical, and, dare I say it, ordinary! (does anyone really care anymore that Lassie rescued Timmy from the old well--AGAIN?!?)But an Extraordinary Cat story? ...Now THAT is something you don't hear too much of! Perhaps it's because of our culture's somewhat deluded love affair with the "dog is man's best friend" concept. Perhaps it's because, in recent times, cats have been given something of ...more
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Able to jump from tall book cases in a single bound. Look! It’s a cat. It’s blind. It’s Homer!

Though some skeptics may think this comparison is over the top, they obviously have not yet read about the antics of Homer, the blind wonder kitty. He has amazing instincts, super hearing, a super sense of smell, and has as much affection and protective nature as a dog (apologies to any cat lovers/dog haters). All of these abilities are impressive enough with a regular cat, but put them on an eyeless on
Särah Nour
Apr 04, 2011 Särah Nour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit it: I’m a bleeding heart for animals, and Homer’s Odyssey made me laugh, cry and hug my cat. The premise may seem cliché—handicapped pet wins the hearts of everyone he meets—but Gwen Cooper is a compelling and eloquent narrator, and she writes of her beloved blind cat with dry wit and humor as well as affection. Her voice resonates off the page in a jovial and conversational tone, and reading this book feels like having a nice chat with Cooper across the table over coffee.

Cooper was alre
Jul 25, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book chronicles the life of Homer, the blind cat, with Gwen Cooper a young lady who is in the midst of finding solutions to life's problems. Gwen proceeds to learn many lessons and receive encouragement from watching Homer embrace life even though blind.

What I loved
*This book is about the cat not an excuse for the human to emote about her trials and disappointments in her life. (Unlike a certain other best-selling library cat book of a few years back.)
*Cooper understands the boundaries of
Jul 27, 2016 Norelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-love-my-cat

Es esmu emocionāls cilvēks ar kaķi. Ko citu jūs no manis gaidījāt??? :D
Mēs arī neplānoti adoptējām kaķi, kurš infekcijas dēļ bija zaudējis vienu aci. Patversmē darbiniece teica - cilvēki grib adoptēt kaķēnus.... bet ne kaķēnus, kuriem ir kādi... defekti. Arī Homēram Gvena bija pēdējā cerība. Gvena adoptēja aklo kaķēnu. Beigās Homērs no kaķa, kuru neviens negribēja adoptēt, kļuva par iedvesmas kaķi, kura stāstu izlasījuši ļoti daudzi pasaulē.
Kas attiecas uz mums un mūsējo - mums ir trešā personīb
Apr 20, 2015 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story, about a great little cat who just happens to be blind from kittenhood, held my interest as long as it kept on target about Homer and the two other cats - Scarlett and Vashti - in the household. When it veered off into how having three cats (with one of them being blind!) impacted her romantic involvements, etc. I started skipping paragraphs. I admit it.... I don't read romances and am not particularly interested in reading about other people's love lives. I do, however, love all anim ...more
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
I am so so so far behind on reviews its crazy. We'll start with this one. It's a nice book. About a kitteh. A blind kitteh. With an endearing but sometimes annoying owner named Gwen Cooper.

I liked this book, but wasn't over the moon about it. I should state for the record that I am not much of a cat person. I have a big, brown, cuddly, snuggly, drooling, sloppy, 85-pound monster at home and much prefer the canine variety of pet myself. But cats can be cool, I guess. From a distance. As they watc
Jul 19, 2009 Janene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay me! A First Reads win!! Can't wait to review this one. :)

I received 'Homer' and immediately dove in. Read in two sittings. SO, you know this book is about a blind cat. It's non-fiction. I don't need to cover all that.

Had this book just been about the would have been five stars. Gwen Cooper really was able to write perfectly about each of their personalities & there were several LOL moments...and some not-so-funny. I was glued to the book anytime she was writing about the cats
Cat ladies! Particularly other cat ladies in your 20's: do not be afraid to be seen reading this book. Do not be embarrassed by it. It is about a woman who had three cats at the age of 25, yes, but not about how she can't wait to collect more or how she never leaves her apartment or how she pees in soda bottles or how the same animals will one day feed off of her rotting, lonely corpse.

It is about, broadly, how living with animals (each with a unique personality and needs) can change the way we
Mar 21, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
“Eu sou os olhos de Homer e ele é o meu coração.”

A primeira coisa que me fascinou no livro, mesmo antes da sinopse, foi a capa maravilhosa: Homer é tal e qual a minha gata Betinha. Disse logo para mim: “tenho de ter este livro, e além disso a minha filhota vai adorar e chamar 'tinha' e não me enganei :)”.

Ao ler a sinopse, a história de Homer prendeu-me ainda mais por ser um gato diferente. Ao contrário da minha gata, Homer era cego, praticamente desde que nasceu. Por ter uma infecção os dois olh
Sep 20, 2011 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homer’s Odyssey is a memoir written by a 25 year old woman named Gwen Cooper. The story intrigued me, what I enjoyed most was how it locked me in to the story emotionally and visually. I was able to create a scene in my head with the adjectives Cooper used throughout the story. The book begins with Cooper talking about her love and fascination for cats, this leads to how her adoption of Homer had become. Homer is a black cat that she adopted when he was only a few weeks old. The only difference ...more
Iowa City Public Library
This book is a cat story, well actually the story of three cats, and their human companion. I must confess I read more dog stories, but there are also lovely stories of cats and their humans, including this. The title of this work Homer’s Odyssey: a fearless feline tale or how I learned about love and life with a blind wonder cat does a pretty darn good job of summing up the book. Gwen Cooper, the author, tells us of the adoption of her cat Homer, made blind by an eye infection as a very young k ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who doesn't hate cats.
I didn't really expect a lot from this book - and I was very pleasantly surprised! This was not another sickeningly sweet story about some maladjusted animal owner and the "crazy shenanigans" that they and/or their pet get up to.
This book was exceedingly well written, engaging and funny. I found myself really interested in the book and looking forward to getting back to read more. I even discovered, as I read the book, that I cared about what happened to Homer and his family. I think that this
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“My philosophy when it came to pets was much like that of having children: You got what you got, and you loved them unconditionally regardless of whatever their personalities or flaws turned out to be. ” 54 likes
“So I didn't adopt Homer because he was cute and little and sweet, or because he was helpless and needed me. I adopted him because when you think you see something so fundamentally worthwhile in someone else, you don't look for the reasons - like bad timing or a negative bank balance - that might keep it out of your life. You commit to being strong enough to build your life around it, no matter what. In doing so, you begin to become the thing you admire.” 15 likes
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