Monday, July 9, 2018

Book Review: Homer's Odyssey



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

Author: Gwen Cooper
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Penguin Random House Audio
Narrated by Renée Raudman

How many times have I read and reread this remarkable story?  At least a handful of times...maybe even a dozen!  It doesn't get old, and the emotions are as fresh as the first time.

This occasion, however, I listened to the audiobook, and was surprised by a long conversation at the end, between Gwen and her husband.  Obviously recorded before Homer passed in 2013, the engaging way the two of them banter about Homer, and their other two cats at the time, Scarlet and Vashti, is wonderfully intimate and delightful. 

I consider "Homer's Odyssey" a MUST READ book for anyone, least of all for cat-lovers and dog-lovers (yes, there are dog's too!).  Home's tale takes us from Florida to New York, through unemployment and marriage, to the events on 9/11/01 and beyond the normal bonds of friendship, love, and pet-ownership (if there is really such a thing!). 

Gwen Cooper has recently issued new stories, available only online.  Although I've purchased a subscription, I haven't yet read any, so I will report on them in a future post.

19 comments:

Brian said...

That really is a great book and Gwen is such a sweet lady.

World of Animals, Inc said...

Thank you for the review. We will have to pick this up now. Looks like a very interesting and lovely story. Thank you for share. Have a great day.
World of Animals

Madi and Mom said...

Mom met Ms. Gwen when she was on her book tour promoting Homer's Odyssey. She was so very nice.
We have that book too
Hugs madi and mom

Hairballsandhissyfits.com said...

great review--believe it or not I have never read the book! Now I will! And I love your suggestion that Tony be listed as a guest cat!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

this reminds me; my copy is on loan and I needs get it back !! :) ♥♥

Rene said...

This indeed is a good book! I was sad to learn that Homer died not too long ago.

Summer said...

My human and Sparkle read Homer's Odyssey a few years back. It's an awesome book. Homer was a pretty amazing little guy.

Marg said...

That is so true. That is one of the best books I have read.

Colehaus Cats said...

Oh, we LOVE this book! Always an awesome read.

The Island Cats said...

Do you know the mom has never read this book? She needs to fix that.

Tamago said...

I’ve never read this book but it sounds really good!

William’s Kith & Kin said...

That's in our bookcase too! Homer was one terrific cat. :-)

The Indulged Furries said...

Homer's zest for life was interesting to read about, but after a few chapters, I found it a chore to read about the author's personal life.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I read and enjoyed this too, but now I want to hear the audio.

edie said...

I really loved this book.

The Church Cat Family said...

It's an amazing story! Good for readers that it's on Audible. - Tom x

Three Chatty Cats said...

I've had this book on my shelf for a long time and haven't gotten around to reading it. I really need to!

Deziz World said...

We've heard of this but haven't read it. Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Caren Gittleman said...

Do you know that was the FIRST book we ever reviewed on our blog? It was either in 2009 or 2010 that we reviewed it. LOVE that book!