Homer's Odyssey

Homer's Odyssey

A Fearless Feline Tale, Or, How I Learned About Love and Life With A Blind Wonder Cat

Book - 2009
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Once in nine lives,
something extraordinary happens...

The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.

Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever,” never as playful or independent as other cats. But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path. Homer scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid-buzz. He survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen’s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night.

But it was Homer’s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that inspired Gwen daily and transformed her life. And by the time she met the man she would marry, she realized Homer had taught her the most important lesson of all: Love isn’t something you see with your eyes.

Homer’s Odyssey is the once-in-a-lifetime story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion. It celebrates the refusal to accept limits—on love, ability, or hope against overwhelming odds. By turns jubilant and moving, it’s a memoir for anybody who’s ever fallen completely and helplessly in love with a pet.

Baker & Taylor
A pet rescue volunteer and literacy outreach coordinator describes her relationship with a three-pound blind cat whose daredevil character and affectionate personality saw the author through six moves, a burglary, and the healing of her broken heart.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385343855
038534385X
9780385343985
Characteristics: xiv, 287 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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Yanibel9
Sep 10, 2019

This has been one of my favourite reads this year- probably in the top 10. Gwen Cooper is an incredible author, and the books is a hilarious, heart warming read. I would recommend to any pet lover. (Especially Cat Lovers.)

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pondgrl
Jun 12, 2019

Wonderful story! Homer lost his eyes to infection when he was just a kitten, but that didn't let it stop him! He was truly a force of nature, and just a sweet fur-baby. Reading about what a date did when he saw a black cat (gasp!) made me laugh out loud - black cats are neither scary or evil - I own 2 of them (or rather, they own me). Very heartfelt and moving. Learning from a cat that doesn't let anyone or anything stop him really makes you think!

Wonderfully written book. Homer is an inspiration for overcoming difficulties in life and the author's compassion is so heart warming.

QueenBoadicea Aug 07, 2015

Not your ordinary pet story, the saga of little Homer is inspiring, joyful and sure to please, even if you’re not a cat lover. Homer’s audacity, cheerfulness, vivacity, willingness to accept nearly everybody into his inner circle and an undeniable curiosity about everything and everyone that came near him (Oh, you sound interesting. Let’s play!) made for an inspiring story. While some people invariably pitied him for his blindness, Homer and his person Gwen Cooper make it clear that Homer’s handicap was a very minute part of his nature. Homer doesn’t appeal because of his blindness; it’s his complete indifference to it that wins over the reader and his many fans.

There are other people and cats involved with Gwen and Homer and other issues that loom large; this book is more than just a cute pet trick. Gwen wisely interweaves tales of her wonder cat with the problems of the expanded world in which she lived. Without blowing her own horn, Ms. Cooper comes off as being compassionate, caring, thoughtful, good natured and kind. How could she not? She took in all of her three cats as random acts of kindness. Because of her and Homer, this memoir is a page-turning pleasure from start to finish.

FindingJane Aug 07, 2015

Not your ordinary pet story, the saga of little Homer is inspiring, joyful and sure to please, even if you’re not a cat lover. Homer’s audacity, cheerfulness, vivacity, willingness to accept nearly everybody into his inner circle and an undeniable curiosity about everything and everyone that came near him (Oh, you sound interesting. Let’s play!) made for an inspiring story. While some people invariably pitied him for his blindness, Homer and his person Gwen Cooper make it clear that Homer’s handicap was a very minute part of his nature. Homer doesn’t appeal because of his blindness; it’s his complete indifference to it that wins over the reader and his many fans.

There are other people and cats involved with Gwen and Homer and other issues that loom large; this book is more than just a cute pet trick. Gwen wisely interweaves tales of her wonder cat with the problems of the expanded world in which she lived. Without blowing her own horn, Ms. Cooper comes off as being compassionate, caring, thoughtful, good natured and kind. How could she not? She took in all of her three cats as random acts of kindness. Because of her and Homer, this memoir is a page-turning pleasure from start to finish.

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SoftFire
Aug 04, 2015

Highly amusing and touching. I especially liked the chapter regarding her transfer from Miami to New York. My heart broke for all the animals no one came back for following 9/11. I admire Gwen's determination.

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JM624
May 24, 2014

Fantastically Heart Warming Must Read!!!!

Borrowed this book from the library to first see if it's worth purchasing. After reading it .. I "DEFINITELY" want to buy it!!! Very touching & heart warming from start to finish. Even though it doesn't have all of Homer's life .. it still has plenty of it. Gwen Cooper tells a "PAwesome true story" Loved this book SO MUCH .. it even made me cry!!!

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mew7958
Jun 29, 2013

As a cat lover, I enjoyed the book. Makes you love your fur-baby all the more.

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modestgoddess
May 28, 2013

This is the part of the library blurb that really says it all: "...it was Homer's unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that inspired Gwen daily and transformed her life." Anyone who likes cats, wishes they had one like Homer - feisty, fun, affectionate and full of personality and character. Heck, I wish I knew more people like that, too! I wish I were more like that! The part about 9/11 was fascinating too - a regular person's view from almost at Ground Zero. Very enjoyable read altogether.

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lilypad_1
Jan 22, 2013

A very inspirational book by an author who has clearly studied and enjoyed her cat companions. She saved his life and then he saved her life. As a cat lover I read it in one day, as a disabled person it
gave me a good example of courage and persistence and making the most of what you have.

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Feb 12, 2012

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Yanibel9
Sep 10, 2019

"Homer, NO!" -Gwendolyn Cooper

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Kelticat
Feb 12, 2012

He might not have understood relative size, but if there was one thing Homer did understand it was pinpointing a location based on sound. The intruder, in speaking, had let Homer know precisely where he was. With a loud hiss that bared his fangs, Homer thrust the whole weight of his body forward and brought his right front leg into the air, stretching it up and out so far that it looked as if the bone connecting his leg to his shoulder had come out of its socket. His claws extended even farther. Glinting like scythes in the lamplight, they slashed viciously at the man's face. Homer missed by the merest fraction of an inch---and only because the man had reflexively snapped his head back.--Scene from Mucho Gato

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Kelticat
Feb 12, 2012

BATTLE OF THE DECADE!!!
Fly vs. Blind Cat. Cat Wins!
Roach vs. Blind Cat. Cat wins!
180+ pound Home Invader vs. 3 pound Blind Cat. Cat For The Victory!! This is my favorite part of the book. You don't hear of a heroic cat very often.

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