Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Well-Read Commuter Reviews Homer’s Odyssey
A Fearless Feline Tale or How I Learned About Love and Life With A Blind Wonder Cat
By Gwen Cooper
What This Book Was About:
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 blind kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.Everyone warned Gwen 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. However, 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.
What Did You Think About This Book:
I loved this book. It was both deeply touching and laugh out loud funny. By chance, I started this book in the middle and read it to the end and then went back to start at Chapter One. Once I started reading in the middle, I could not stop. Even though I am a “pet person,” I would dare even those among us who choose to live their lives without furniture covered by cat hair or a livingroom full of dog toys not to love the story of this tiny adventurer. At the conclusion of this book I felt as though the author had given us a gift by sharing Homer’s story and what a tale it is! The best part is that Homer is still alive and well and living in New York City so there is no sad, sappy ending here. This book is a must read for anyone that has ever loved a pet and would make a great Holiday gift for the pet people in your life.