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Homer's Odyssey

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The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention an underpaying job and a broken heart. But Homer was no ordinary cat. He was a three week old, abandoned, eyeless kitten and Gwen was unable to resist his charm. He even survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near World Trade Centre.
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published 2010 by Bantam Press (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)
Teresa Pesce Yes! Homer inspires everyone from little girls to war veterans. And Gwen Cooper is an excellent memoirist.
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Mar 09, 2011 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
Jun 30, 2009 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
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
Nov 29, 2009 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
Mar 24, 2012 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

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
Sep 16, 2010 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
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Sep 27, 2010 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
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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. ” 61 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.” 16 likes
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