Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper
You guys know I’m a sucker for a good animal story (see here and here). I finished another good animal book recently and it’s on my list of to-do list of blog posts, but I was so excited about this one that I had to share it now!
“Homer’s Odyssey” is about a young woman named Gwen with a love for cats. She already has two, Scarlett and Vashti, when her vet calls asking if she’d be interested in adopting a little blind kitten that no one else wants. After Gwen meets the little guy, she knows right away that he is special and has to take him home. Homer, as she names him, had to have both eyes removed when he was several weeks old. Like a human, his other senses are heightened to make up for his loss of sight. Gwen worries about Homer in her house that she shares with a friend and also with her two other cats. Homer quickly proves that he’s up to the challenge and adjusts with ease and makes himself comfortable quickly.
Homer is also extremely affectionate toward not only Gwen, but anyone who shows him attention and wants to be his friend. He relies heavily on Gwen to help translate his many different meows and to introduce him properly to a new person. He is like any other cat – he loves to play, attack the other cats, and snuggle – and is extremely loyal and saves Gwen’s life in one situation. Gwen tells story after story about funny things that Homer did that will make you think of your own cats and wish that you were the parent of a blind cat. Seriously, I thought to myself multiple times how much I wanted to go out and adopt a blind cat. You’ll understand why when you read the book.
Spoiler (in a good way, I’d hope): this story does not have a sad ending. Yay! Of course, there are some sad parts, but Homer is still going strong today. This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. One minute I was laughing out loud, the next minute I was crying. Even though I loved the book about Dewey, the library cat, Homer’s story tops it. He has such personality and it’s amazing to hear how he lives his life even though he can’t actually see the world around him… he adapts. It helps that his mother, Gwen Cooper, is a great writer and can tell the story in a way that makes you fall in love with Homer, just like everyone else who has ever met him.
My recommendation: if you love cats (the TV theme song to “Must Love Cats” just popped into my head – go watch that too if you get Animal Planet! John Fulton is the man.), you must go read this book. I love love loved it and I hope you will too.