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Homer's Odyssey [Paperback]

Gwen Cooper
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Book Description

6 Jan 2011

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. But Homer was no ordinary cat. He was a three week old, abandoned, eyeless kitten and Gwen was unable to resist his charm. It was love at first sight.

Homer, tagged as an 'underachiever' from day one, quickly proved his doubters wrong revealing himself to be a tiny dare devil with a giant heart and a passion for adventure. The kitten they said would never be as independent or as playful as the other cats eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path, scaled seven foot bookcases with ease and chased off an intruder in the middle of the night. He even survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Centre.

Homer's Odyssey is the story of one cats unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, his constant happiness in the face of all obstacles and his ability to inspire and transform Gwen's life. He kept her company through the ups and downs of daily life and by the time she had met the man she would marry Gwen realised Homer had taught her the most valuable lesson of all: love isn't something you see with your eyes.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553825151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553825152
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Homer's Odyssey will make you jump for joy!" (Rita Mae Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Santa Clawed)

"you'd need a heart of stone not to melt at the story of Homer." (The Mail on Sunday)

"It's the book with the biggest "awww" factor of the year." (Scottish Sunday Herald)

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The inspirational story of a blind wonder cat.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a Wonderful lesson in life! 1 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first met Homer on Facebook and was captivated by his story, so I bought a copy (had to send to Amazon US for it!) I sat and read and read, and could not put it down. Alternately laughing and crying as I read about this wonderful, and brave cat and his mistress Gwen. This is a MUST read for all cat lovers, and non cat lovers too, as it's message is truly inspiring! Homer did not give up, nor did Gwen, and neither should we! A true lesson in life.
Bless your heart Homer, and thank you Gwen for letting us share you and Homer's heartwarming story! (not to mention your other furry friends too!)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cat story 7 Jan 2011
I have just returned from a Christmas/New Year holiday in Los Angeles. Whilst there I bought a copy of this book and was about halfway through when I left to return home. Somewhere between LA and here the book disappeared so have just ordered a replacement from Amazon so that I can finish reading the story. It's a wonderful book and the tenacity with which this little creature deals with his handicap makes you feel very humble. It's also a reminder of how much joy animals bring into our lives. Well worth reading, I can't recommend it highly enough. If someone finds my original copy, I hope it will give them the same pleasure as it did me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puuuurfect! 7 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What an excellent book! As someone who has quite a few critters, including cats, I could relate soooo much to what Gwen wrote, and her feelings towards her cats. The book had me in stitches many a time, and I loved how Gwen wrote from the cat's perspective at times! So true! She writes very well, and the flow was brilliant. The book had me hooked from the off, and I could not put it down!
All the elements brought into the story, such as the three cats, Homer's 'unique' ability, the events of 911, and her finally meeting Mr. Right all flowed perfectly.
I highly recommend this read to both cat lovers and non-cat people! I'm just sad I've finished it.
Go Homer! It's nice to know there are other suckers out there who take on 'special' animals!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars homer's odyssey 29 Aug 2010
couldn't put this book down had to finish it to see what would happen. all about a blind kitten and his struggle to survive and to adapt with everyday life.unconditional love for his owner and her friends. caught up in 9/11 bombing no one allowed to get near the flats where omar lived to feed him and his flatmates,had me in tears and made me feel as if i was actually there during this awful time. a must have book
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feline frolics and fealty 25 Aug 2009
Homer was a little black kitten, abandoned and suffering from an eye infection, when he was handed into a vet's office. Instead of euthanising the kitten, the vet made the decision to remove Homer's eyes in order to save his life and then put out the word that a blind kitten needed a home.

Enter Gwen Cooper, a woman with two cats, dealing with a breakup and who definitely had no room in her life for a blind kitten, that is, until she held Homer in her arms and realised that this little kitten had a huge capacity for joy and love.

Homer's story is nothing short of amazing and is truly endearing. It's not surprising that a cat could adapt quickly to a loss of eyesight, but what is surprising is the joy and faith that this cat had in life and people. Even more important is the effect that this fantastic personality had on the author. The book is part Homer's tale and part memoir. Being responsible for the care of a blind kitten leaves Cooper facing tough decisions. She changes career, moves out on her own eventually moving to New York and finding the love of her life. Throughout it all, Homer provides her with inspiration and teaches her (unintended) lessons about living life.

Scenes such as Homer's obsession with elastic bands, his dual with a burglar and Cooper's frantic efforts to resuce her pets following the aftermath of 9/11 will leave you both laughing and tense. Cooper has a gift for bringing a tale to life. Additional cutesie material is present in the form of little thumbnail images that adorn the start of each chapter.

Any animal lover will adore this tale of a heroic and happy cat, while the tale of Cooper's personal growth and her subsequent marriage provides additional depth. Well recommended reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful heartwarming read! 17 Jun 2011
I loved this book. A really wonderful, inspiring story of triumph over adversity. This, along with the fantastic 'Serendipity's Secret' is one of the most heartwarming 'cat books' I have read so far this year. Both highly recommended if you love cats and also need a little inspiration in your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 24 May 2011
What a great story - Homer was unfortunate to lose his sight so early in his life, but this account tells of his determination to live a fulfilling life despite his disability. Having a devoted owner obviously helps, as I have a cat who only has one eye - but he defied the odds and nothing whatsoever phased him - in fact I don't think he even realises he is blind. Even the terror of being stranded by the 911 disaster in his apartment for 2-3 days didn't affect his appetite for life. A great read, and a must for any cat/animal lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Homer's Odyssey 10 April 2011
By Mini
Definitely a must read for all those cat lovers out there! You can relate to so much, but will have your spirit up lifted by the courage and determination of this gorgeous little black cat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding this book brilliant..
Finding this book brilliant...unable to put it down. Very well written, heart warming, sad & funny. Need plenty of tissues to hand.... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jacqui
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and not just for cat lovers
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but it was well written and wasn't just about Homer, but about his sisters Vashti and Scarlett and his mum Gwen. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am still reading this im a slow reader but am enjoying it very much worth every penny .
Published 23 days ago by Wendy Dansey
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Loved this book from start to finish.
Published 1 month ago by Miss N L Boorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read ever
A story to enchant cat lovers everywhere. This must be the bravest little cat ever and a lesson to us all about overcoming seemingly insurmountable difficulties, and the woman who... Read more
Published 1 month ago by G Booker
5.0 out of 5 stars homers odyssey an excellent read
i really enjoyed this book even though it caused a few tears, i am passing it on to my family,as they are as daft as me about cats. Read more
Published 2 months ago by edna gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful account of a very special cat
Well written, charming and at times sad true story of Homer the blind cat. Quite an amazing cat. If you are any way fond of cats this is a must read.
Published 2 months ago by Bluepuss
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
This is a lovely book. So inspiring that there are people out there who have so much compassion. I love cats and would like to think I would do the same and love the same but it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julie Parmenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, loved it so much
I loved reading about Homer's life and how he got past many hurdles faced by a blind cat. I loved reading about his relationship with Gwen... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Linda T. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
What a fantastic, heart warming book. What an amazing cat Homer is. A must for all cat lovers. Great book
Published 3 months ago by Verity Jackson
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