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Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat

by Gwen Cooper

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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.
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Quite simply a lovely book. Homer touched my heart and his proud cat-mama Gwen painted a beautiful portrait of her special needs cat and the lives he impacted. ( )
  secondhandrose | Oct 31, 2023 |
SO good! I've had this book for years, maybe since it was first published, and finally got around to reading it this month. Homer was a truly amazing cat in so many ways - yet at the same time, so quintessentially a typical cat. The tales of his escapades are delightful, and his mom (author Gwen Cooper) is a wonderful writer. The chapters about Cooper trying to get back to Homer and his feline housemates in the aftermath of 9-11 are particularly heart-wrenching. Homer changed the author's life for the better in many ways, and we can all learn some good life lessons from him. Highly recommended! ( )
  JMYodafriend | May 12, 2023 |
Wonderful pet story. You have to have had a bonding experience with a cat to appreciate it fully and I had that one time. Gives you a better view of a disability. Homer was like Daredevil, the superhero. This is a worthwhile read. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
In Homer's Odyssey, the reader meets Homer, a tiny blind kitten when Cooper first took him home. The book is based on Homer's disability and his life with Cooper. Cooper's beautiful writing shapes a well-crafted story that begins when Cooper herself was young and underemployed. Later, when Homer and his two sister cats were home alone during the 911 tower attack and Cooper couldn't get home to them for days, my heart was thudding for the poor cats because I'd fallen in love with Homer, as well as Scarlett and Vashti, thanks to Cooper's writing.
The most well-written of the memoirs featuring cats that I have read. ( )
  LuanneCastle | Mar 5, 2022 |
I love animal stories...especially ones that are told BEFORE the pet gets old and dies. This was a very nice story about the very-much-alive Homer! ( )
  ShanLand | Feb 28, 2022 |
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Gwen Cooperprimary authorall editionscalculated
Allen, VictoriaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Balducci, GiuliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Calderone, RobertAuthor photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helanen-Ahtola, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jessica HillsCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oostindiër, AnnoesjkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raudman, RenéeReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sullivan, Simon M.Designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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All strangers and beggars are from Zeus.
And a gift, though small, is precious.

                              Homer, The Odyssey
For Laurence, always
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The routine when I get home at the end of the day is always the same.
The idea of someone having nothing but love to give, yet being unable to find anybody who wanted that love, struck me as unbearably tragic. (p. 29)
How does he get around? they'll ask. On his legs, I answer. (p. 10)
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. (p. 30)
"I feel like Mary," I said to Melissa. When she looked at me quizzically, I added, "you know . . . and everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go." (Chapter 4, "The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee," p. 47)
If I was sitting on the couch, he would scale the side of my body until he reached the top of my head, resting there for as long as I could maintain my posture and hold my head level. Catching sight of our reflection in a darkened window one night, with the cone-wearing Homer curled up atop me, I thought we looked like some sort of futuristic half-human, half-satellite cyborg. (Chapter 4, "The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee," p. 48)
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