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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
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.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love cats. I check Cute Overload and I Can Has Cheezburger daily for my fix of cute cat pictures. I enjoy befriending and feeding feral cats (the nice ones). I’ve dressed up my mom’s two cats in cat neckties and ladybug hats.
So yes, it’s safe to say that I love cats. When I heard about “Dewey“, I was really excited and bought it right after it was released. I read it awhile ago, maybe about a year and a half ago, but it still is fresh in my mind because I liked it so much. Basically, it’s the feline version of “Marley & Me” – the happy parts, the funny parts, the sad parts, and everything in between (hope I didn’t spoil it for anyone).
A sick little kitten, Dewey Readmore Books (yes, that is his full name), is found in a library book return and adopted by the library director, Vicki Myron. Rather than taking him to her house, she makes him a home in the library and he becomes the resident “library cat”. Vicki tells tales about Dewey’s antics and his relationships with other library workers and library patrons. He actually becomes famous and people from all over come to their little town in Iowa to visit the cat who has created a special place in the hearts of everyone he meets. The story isn’t all about Dewey; Vicki talks a lot about her small, Midwestern town and the public library system as well.
“Dewey” made me both laugh and cry… you can take a wild guess of the ending. My mom’s previous cat, Dusty, had passed away not too long before I read this book so many of the situations made me think of her. I wouldn’t be surprised if this book, like “Marley & Me”, turns into a movie someday, although I’m not sure they could find a cat actor that has the personality of Dewey (or the tolerance to deal with a bunch of humans and movie cameras). If you read this book, make sure you have some Kleenex handy – I sure needed it.